Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Islamofacists

I was gonna write this blog in a bright red, because this subject makes me so angry and because of all the blood these creatures spill. But looking at the screen hurt my eyes. I just can't subject myself and y'all to that for the entirety of this piece.

Over the weekend I read two blogs that inspired this one. As I've said before, I don't like to plagarize. Both these bloggers are on my daily "trot line" rounds. The first was on http://pawpawshouse.blogspot.com and the second was over at View From The Porch which you can find at http://booksbikesboomsticks.blogspot.com .

Dennis talks about a new, to me anyway, group of Islamofacists calling themselves the Just Swords of Islam. They propose to throw acid in the face of any woman over the age of 12 who does not wear the "veil".

Tamara, who writes View from the Porch, tells of Mohammed Halim of Afghanistan in her blog titled "Animals". Mr. Halim was punished by minions of the Taliban for having the temerity to disobey them by teaching GIRLS! Mr. Halim's punishment? He was partially disembowelled, then each arm and each leg were tied to a different "motorbike". The bikes were then driven in four different directions until Mr. Halim's limbs were torn from his body.

I can only hope that at some point in this obscenely barbaric treatment Mr. Halim passed into unconsciousness or that he died from blood loss or shock before having to endure unimaginable pain. Or listen to the wailing of his family and the young women he was teaching.

And why have we heard NOTHING, not one blurb, of these stories on the nightly news on our three networks? Or Fox, or CNN, or MSNBC? Is it "old news" to them? Or is it not "news-worthy"?

Has anyone heard an outcry from Moderate Muslims? Are they making an outcry and that response is just not making it into the same outlets that report the atrocities? Or is there no outcry? Who can answer these questions? Google? Ask Jeeves?

There is beginning to be such a tide of revulsion against all Muslims because of the actions of the Islamofacists that I fear for the safety and security of all Muslims. There are factions in this country and all over the world who look at the atrocities being committed and threatened in the name of Islam, and they fear ALL Muslims because they only hear and see the Radicals.
If the Moderate, SANE Muslims do not start speaking out, if they do not begin to make themselves heard, then we can only assume that they approve, in some small, dark corner of their hearts with the actions of their rabid, insane, barbaric Islamofascist brothers and sisters.

Now, I know some of you will say, or think, at any rate, I am throwing around a dangerous and inflammatory term when I use the word Islamofacist. I know that words have power. I hope that this word lights a fire in you! I didn't coin the word. When I heard it though, I was struck by how appropriate a term it was. I pulled out my old Oxford American Dictionary to get this definition for y'all; fa-cism: a system of extreme right-wing dictatorial government. Therefore, Islamofacism would be facism tied to Islamic beliefs, no?
Like the facists of the Nazi Germany era, they seek world domination. They are extreme, I don't think anyone would disagree with that. They are most definitely right-wing, if you can accept the premise that right-wing is in this case a limiting of freedoms and liberty that goes hand in hand with dictatorship.
By calling these radical Muslim terrorists Islamofacists I am just calling a spade a freakin' shovel, folks. If you can't handle the truth, go back to your Ivory Tower and have some more tofu!

And a final question. I saw this theme repeated in many of the comments on both blogs. I thought it was a valid question there and wanted to raise it here for more discussion. Why are these Muslim men so afraid of women? If women are so inferior, why do they invest us with so much power that we must be shrouded and kept guarded and uneducated lest we surpass them in any field of endeavor?

6 comments:

Vicki said...

Holly,

There are, indeed, moderate muslims who decry the actions of the fanatical fundamentalist. One such person is Maryam Rajavi. THis is a truly extraordinary woman, one who is fighting for freedom and democracy in Iran, and is an activist for basic human rights for women and minorities in her home country. You can read about her on the following website: http://iran-e-azad.org/english/maryam/biography.html

Unfortunately, the outrages of the "islamofascists" as you call them, provide the fodder for lurid headlines, and so sell more papers than the moderates majority, who go about their business quietly. Unfortunately, the quest of the media for ratings and sales presents a rather biased view to the rest of the world.

Matt G said...

"And why have we heard NOTHING, not one blurb, of these stories on the nightly news on our three networks? Or Fox, or CNN, or MSNBC? Is it "old news" to them? Or is it not "news-worthy"?"

It's not really newsworthy, because it's not really a trend that represents anything that affects you or me.

There are seriously bad Muslim extremists, it's true.

Just like there are some really bad Catholic, Protestant, and good-ole Suthuhn Baptist extremeists!

It ain't representative of Islam-- we're being gyped into believing that it is. Painting "IslamoFascist" on all (or even most) Muslims is like painting "KKK" on most Southtern US white folk. It doesn't work, and it's unfair.

Now, if you want to get a little bit more specific on a generalism, look first to the Shi'ia. (Also known as Shiites, of which over 90% are in Iran, and who fund all of Hezbolah.) Sort of like saying "Southern White Racist Men"-- you're getting a LOT closer to the actual issue. But I am told that there are plenty of Shi'ia folks who don't condone terrorism, and are really good folk.

Funny thing is, I'm so very close to writing a blog with title with an offensive word in it, myself. Coming soon...

Flo said...

I'm afraid women are worse than inferior to the likes of the Taliban.

There are things I believe, things that to me are so fundamental, that there is nothing anyone could say to change my mind. Of course, I also don't go around killing the people that do things I don't think they should do.

I just don't know how we can stop people like these that are acting on their fundamental beliefs. What did we do and how long did it take us to convince others that slaves were "men?"

Cait said...

I need a little time to think about this before I respond - but I'm definitely going to respond. And, yes, dear Hollyb, I read your blog every day just don't often have time to read AND write...same goes for Floozie and Mattg

Cait said...

Sorry for quoting someone elses words but this is what Islamofascism is all about - a little better dressed these days but still evil underneath. The following is a direct copy and paste from CNN's site dated 7 Dec. It's an article on the Taliban's newly published set of rules that they are apparently hoping will make them a more "professional" organization.

FROM CNN:
This is clear PR, Brachman says. "The Taliban recognizes that it has the reputation of being a band of brutal barbarians interested only in clubbing women back to the Stone Age. (REALLY? Surprising no one!!!)
This rule sheet reads like an effort to put a kinder, gentler, more moderate and professional face on the movement." (Uh-huh, yeah, right...)

Until you get to rules 24 and 25, which make it clear that the Taliban's current campaign of destroying schools around Afghanistan and terrorizing teachers will continue as long as schools dare teach something other than the Taliban version of Islam. (Islamofascism,anyone?)

"It is forbidden to work as a teacher under the current puppet regime, because this strengthens the system of the infidels," says rule 24. And if a teacher refuses a warning to give up his job, reads rule 25, "he must be beaten."
"If the teacher still continues to instruct contrary to the principles of Islam, the district commander or a group leader must kill him," it continues.When schools are burned, the Taliban rules say it is important that religious texts be removed from the buildings first. (Well, isn't THAT thoughtful!)

Along with rules about not smoking cigarettes and not allowing murderers to join the Taliban, there also is this entry: Taliban "are not allowed to take young boys with no facial hair onto the battlefield or into their private quarters. Sexual abuse, says Rizvi, has always been a problem for the movement, especially in some of the madrassas (religious schools) that feed recruits to the movement."

I have to agree with Hollyb - they're afraid of what women are capable of accomplishing especially with some education under their belts (or burkas as the case may be.) What we have to keep in the forefront of our minds is it will take SEVERAL generations to overcome the damage already done by the Taliban/Islamofascists.

How can we NOT fight against this evil? And, no, I don't believe everything I read - especially from CNN. However, in this case I have consulted other sources that support this article.

Cheers,
Cait

phlegmfatale said...

Hear! Hear!