Shithouse rat

I'm a bipolar writer in the Naked City. I'm not playing with a full deck. I don't have all my dots on the dice. My cheese is sliding off my cracker. I don't have both oars in the water. I'm a bubble off plum. In other words, I'm crazier than a shithouse rat. These are my stories. Comments--short or long, nasty or nice--always welcome!

Sunday, February 12, 2006

The "offended" offenders


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Originally uploaded by Rigmarole.
The recent attempts to placate Muslim demonstrators--and calls to "understand" how "deeply offended" the Danish cartoons depicting Mohammed are to Muslims-- frankly offends me to the point of fury. The reasons for this are, literally, graphically clear. The source of my rage is not hard to locate--it is readily available on websites which offer up the richly perverted tradition of antisemitic cartoons and televised antisemitic and anti-American propaganda disseminated throughout the Muslim world on a regular basis.

It seems to me that the West has been put in the position of the over-indulgent parent who is haplessly trying to placate an out of control bully. Anyone who's seen an adult trying to patiently deal with an irrational, screaming child who does not understand anything but what they want when they want it should be able to see the parallels here.

Muslim extemists do not speak the same language we do, and never will. They are not interested in fairness or consistency. The freedom and democracy we hold so dear are anathema to them, and so any attempt to appease them will just be seen as another sign of weakness on our part, aiding them in their determintioin to bend the whole world to their radically insane will. Fascism of any kind--religious or otherwise--is not about freedom, or equality, or fairness. Trying to reason with these fanatics is reminiscent of Europe's attempts to deal peaceably with Hitler in the 30s--with similar results.

Perhaps the most offensive aspect of this to me is the presumption that Muslim extremists have any right to control what other nations choose to publish. If they want to live in an oppressive hell of their own making, that's one thing. But to try to tell the rest of the world how to conduct themselves is beyond the pale--especially for those who emigrate to Western societies in order to enjoy the freedoms and opportuniites available to them there.

But enough ranting and rambling--I'd like to cut to the chase with some examples of virulently anti-Semitic cartoons in the Muslim press and video clips of anti-Semitic lies disseminated to the Muslim people.

As the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs' website, which displays some of the more egregious examples of anti-Semitic cartoon stereotyping, explains it:

"The main recurrent motif in Arab cartoons concerning Israel is "the devilish Jew." This image conveys the idea that Jews behave like Nazis, kill children and love blood. The similarity with themes promulgated by the Nazis is evident. Many Arab cartoons praise suicide bombing or call for murder. The collective image of the Jews thus projected lays the groundwork for a possible genocide....

"Palestinian cartoonists often place emphasis on the anti-Semitic accusation of "ritual murder" of children. This is underscored by their claim that Israelis target Palestinian children. To dehumanize Jews, Arab cartoonists often depict them as malevolent creatures: spiders, vampires or octopuses."

The Anti-Defamation League's website offers some charming cartoons from Al-Watan,stating:

"Anti-Semitic stereotypes continue to be prevalent in cartoons published in the Qatari newspaper, Al-Watan. These cartoons demonize Jews, often depicting them as dirty, hook-nosed, money-hungry world dominators."

Just silly cartoons? Well, even more disturbing are the television programs throughout the Arab world which spread the most outrageous lies about Jews and the Holocaust on a regular basis. The excellent, non-partisan Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) website is a veritable treasure trove of eye-opening clips which show that Hitler's practice of "the big lie" is alive and well in these regions. They include (these are just a few of many) such memorable themes as these;

Zionist Paid Denmark Cartoonist to Draw Muhammed Cartoon

Holocauset Denial on Iranian TV: Crematoria and Gas Chambers Were Used for Hygienic Purposes

The Jews Killed Children and Used their Blood for Passover

The Holocaust is a Lie

Gas Chambers were not Used to Kill Jews

Jews Turn into Apes and Pigs in a Clay-Mation Film for Children on Hizbullah TV

I'm sure that most of you have seen the "offensive" Mohammed cartoons that have spurred riots and wreaked havoc around the world. I'd urge everyone to take a peek at the cartoons and a few of the clips mentioned above, and see how that sits with you.

Hey you guys, you, like, have to understand...as a Jew, these cartoons and videos are DEEPLY offensive to me. So cut it out, ok? Or else I'm gonna get REALLY, REALLY mad....

14 Comments:

At 5:18 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm sure you'll enjoy this Elvira.

http://www.spiked-online.com/articles/0000000CAF59.htm

Regards,
Don

 
At 5:20 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you can't see the end of the url Elvira it's CAF59.htm

Don

 
At 11:37 AM, Blogger fugusashi said...

This is why blogs are better than the mainstream press.

You can tell the truth.

This is so true:
"It seems to me that the West has been put in the position of the over-indulgent parent who is haplessly trying to placate an out of control bully." Well said.

They're upset about a cartoon?

They're not nearly as upset as I was when I watched the video of the journalist who was decapitated...or the footage of airplanes full of living people flying to to buildings filled with other innocent people just trying to make a living.

Muslim extremists are like any other religious extremist. They're blinded to the truth by dogmatic faith. They're no better than animals.

 
At 9:34 PM, Blogger Maggs said...

Everybody's got their thing to whine about

 
At 9:08 PM, Blogger Walker said...

This is all a bunch a bullshit.
They don't like cartoons of their profits but as I understand it and something I noticed recently is that some of the muslims here were argueing over it at the bar the other day.
One of them said that they are a religious people and making fun of their religion is sacralidge.
Hmmmmm
I pointed out that for one it was just a cartoon and no big deal and living in countries with free speech it is a by product of said right.
Just like when you (muslims)make cartoons depicting people of other faiths.
Second how fucken religious are you?
Your sitting here drinkiung a beer and your religion specifically forbids it.
I guess its partime religion.

oO= <--- look its budda laying down. EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEK

 
At 9:06 AM, Blogger Mr. 12 Step said...

great post

 
At 8:58 AM, Blogger Lord Boinkingham said...

Bravo. And here I thought (perhaps with optimistic naivete) that we were finally evolving into a world of live and let live, not kill or be killed. Reason, understanding, and intelligent discourse are hallmarks of civilization, which says to me that those still operating under the philo of 'shoot first and forget the questions' are the antithesis of civilized. Since they clearly have no intention of or interest in ending the violence and are in such a hurry to meet their maker (and the 72 guaranteed virgins [by the way, what do Muslim WOMEN get when they die?]), why don't we just corral them up, fence off Montana, and lock them all away to practice their Neanderthal, abusive, idiotic way of life away from those of us who are trying not to be assholes for a living?

 
At 1:53 PM, Blogger :phil: said...

What an incredible post Elvira. Paula always speaks very highly of you, I can see why.

 
At 8:01 AM, Blogger elvira black said...

Don:

I tried the URL but it didn't work--can you post it again? Thanks!

 
At 8:03 AM, Blogger elvira black said...

Paula:

Indeed! Now there's a price on the cartoonists' head from what I hear. I remember Salman Rushdie had to go into hiding long ago after he wrote the Satanic Verses--it's unbelieveable. And it seems like this madness has no signs of abating anytime soon. It's like a brushfire that no one can put out. Very frightening and maddening.

 
At 8:04 AM, Blogger elvira black said...

Maggs:

I guess everyone has something to whine about, but this particular whining has resulted in deaths and destruction. Oy vey.

 
At 8:07 AM, Blogger elvira black said...

Walker:

What really gets me is when Muslims come to another country to enjoy their freedoms and opportunities but want to have their cake and eat it too. You can't come to a free democratic country and impose your religious beliefs on others. You made the decision to come here, so suck it up and shut up. But of course that's an ugly minority, I think although in Europe I think there's more of a problem than in North America with extremists and malcontents.

 
At 8:08 AM, Blogger elvira black said...

Mr. 12 Step and :phil:

Many thanks! That's really nice to hear.

 
At 8:10 AM, Blogger elvira black said...

Lord Buckingham:

Very well put! And yes, the way they treat their women is extremely uncivilized to say the least. It's disgusting.

 

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