An Insult to Our Intelligence

burning flag On September 11th, 2012, mobs attacked the American Embassy in Cairo, Egypt, and also the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya, killing one American, all, supposedly because of some movie that was insulting to Islam. Really? That isn’t the insult I hear. The insult I hear is to our intelligence. Are we supposed to believe that some no-name movie, so obscure that even the people attributing the violence to it can’t name it, just happened to incite crowds in countries now under the control of the Muslim Brotherhood to attack American diplomatic missions on the anniversary of the 911 attacks?

No, it wasn’t pious believers being offended by some movie that virtually none of them have ever seen. It was barbarians celebrating the attacks on America that occurred 11 years ago. What if Americans took a page from the barbarians’ play book and attacked the embassies of those countries that contributed men and materials to the 911 attacks, or contributed resources protecting, supplying or training Al Caida? That would make a hell of a lot more sense. So why don’t we? Because we are NOT, by and large, barbarians.

Add to it the first reaction of the Obama administration’s State Department: apology for offending the radical islamists, the Salafiyyah, who are stirring up trouble all over the place including Morocco, Egypt, Libya, India, Germany, Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Albania, Afghanistan, Malaysia, Algeria and pretty much every place where there are non-fundamentalist Muslims or non-Muslims unwilling to be subjugated. It is difficult to distinguish between Al Caida and the Salafists in general (or Wahabbists, for that matter), so in essence, Obama apologized to Al Caida for offending their radical ideology. And, yeah, I know how they spell it; I just spell it according to the rules of the English language and will continue to do so as long as I am an English speaker. Too bad if that bothers anybody.

So much for the Arab Spring in Egypt and Libya. Obama’s clumsy foreign policy is now looking alarmingly like Carter’s equally inept handling of the conflict in Iran that led to the overthrow of the Shah and the seizure of the US Embassy in Tehran along with 66 American hostages. While there is certainly an argument to be made that Carter is not to blame for the destabilization of Iran (things had gone pretty far down that road before he even took office), there really isn’t much good to be said about how he handled the parts of it that ultimately occurred on his watch. Don’t be surprised if tensions and incidents escalate. Some Ayatollah-wannabee just might have ambitions in that direction. I wouldn’t want to be in Egypt, Libya or any of those other areas where Salafists have substantial influence if Obama wins the election. Anybody caught up in that could be looking at being a hostage for a lot longer than 444 days. Or worse.

Update: The American Ambassador to Libya has been killed along with three more staffers – making the total number of Americans killed in Libya five – in a rocket attack while he was attempting to help them to safety. The details are still a bit vague, but it sounds like he was being a hero when he could have just gotten himself out of danger with relative ease.

Funding Hate

Whose money funds hate? Yours does. That is, if you buy gasoline at gas stations that sell gas derived from Middle East oil. The money you spend at those stations takes a very direct route to the Middle East hate factory. And I’m not talking about the standard hate for the West, Israel and the United States. I’m talking about hate of gays. Throughout the Middles East, anywhere Islamic law prevails (officially or unofficially) gays are executed for the crime of being gay. Or they are murdered in the equivalent of honor killings. Or they are simply run down by a mob and tortured to death.

Across the Middle East, hundreds, perhaps thousands, are killed for being gay every year. States like Iran, whose President Ahmadinejad denies that there even are any gay people in Iran, has executed at least 4,000 since the Islamic Revolution in 1979. We don’t buy oil from Iran, but we pay for it with the money we send to China for all the plastic junk they make with their 1 billion slaves. (You’ll be happy to know, though, that China is very tolerant of its gay population as they help with China’s ongoing depopulation program.) The plastic junk is made with petroleum from the Middle East, too. China is the biggest importer of Iranian oil, followed by India, Japan, South Korea and then Turkey (Turkey? Yup.) The somewhat turbulent state of the Iranian oil embargo by the US and the waivers granted to various countries that totally defeat the purpose of it may mean that that list will be different before this article is even posted, but it is unlikely that China’s position at the top of it will change.

Other nations that execute gays that we DO buy oil from include Saudi  Arabia. The Saudi regime routinely flogs and imprisons homosexuals and has executed a number as well (death penalty applied to men who are married). In 2005 more than 100 men were sentenced in just one incident for “behaving like women” at an apparent “gay wedding”. In 2011 in Bahrain 127 were arrested for the same thing, and another 149 in Kuwait just this year, although in the last case it is not clear how many of them were gay. And in the UAE. Oman. Lebanon. Qatar. Seven countries altogether have the death penalty for being gay, all in the extended Middle East, all exporters of oil to some degree. The countries of Sudan, Nigeria, Mauritania, The United Arab Emirates and Yemen, in addition to the aforementioned Iran and Saudi Arabia, also execute gays, and in some countries like Egypt, where being gay is not illegal (for now), they are prosecuted under other laws. In Iraq, renegade militias kidnap and kill gays. Even if not always lethal, persecution is rampant throughout the Middle East, from the smallest to the largest country. The list of Middle Eastern countries that do not persecute gays, with penalties including arrest, flogging, prison, torture and death is short. Here it is: Israel. That’s it. Some Middle Eastern countries don’t have laws against being gay, but they punish gays with so-called decency laws. There are plenty of gay people in the Middle East, but come out of the closet on purpose or accidentally at your peril. Only Israel recognizes same-sex marriage, but you can’t get one there, at least not yet.

Strangely by American standards, in much of the Middle East pedophilia, including male on male pedophilia, is widely tolerated as long as the boy involved has not reached sexual maturity. A respected Saudi cleric, Dr. Salih bin Fawzan, issued a fatwa declaring there to be no minimum age for a girl to marry “even if they are in the cradle” as long as they are “capable of bearing the weight of the men.” In Pakistan it is permitted to have sex with a boy, and in Afghanistan you can buy a ‘dancing boy’ or ‘Nancy boy’ as a catamite. NAMBLA must be excited about that. Buying gas from Middle Eastern providers also funds perversion, apparently.

Under some circumstances, though, even the most extreme Muslims can find a reason to tolerate homosexual behavior. Abu al-Dema al-Qasab, a little-known cleric, produced a video in which he announced an “innovative and unprecedented way to execute martyrdom operations: place explosive capsules in your anus. However, to undertake this jihadi approach you must agree to be sodomized for a while to widen your anus so it can hold the explosives.” It seems to me that all those men being arrested and punished for being gay ought really to claim that they are preparing for jihad against the infidels…

Anyway, DEFUND HATE and buy gas that didn’t come from the Middle East. It isn’t that hard to find a station selling North American made gas or at least British made.There is no way to completely extricate Middle Eastern oil from our economy right now, but we can do as much as possible toward that end, and stop giving money to regimes that tolerate, promote and perpetuate hate.