Saturday, October 21, 2006

"If you can't slaughter him and kill him, at least destroy these websites…"

Starting with the Rushdie Affair, radical Islam's war on intellectual freedom has become a globalized phenomenon. Now, it has even been exported to cyberspace. The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) provides just one example:

On October 19, 2006, Islamist websites posted a list of German sites which, according to the author, defame Islam and must therefore be shut down. The message that accompanies the list says: "[These websites] insult the God of glory and call Him the God of swine… they describe the Prophet as a rapist of young girls… and as a robber... Where are you, the lions of jihad [in] the media? Who is going to put this dog [i.e. the individual behind these websites] in his place? Who will destroy his website and [the other] websites through which he disseminates his filth?… Isn't there an Abu Mus'ab Al-Zarqawi [to take care of] this dog? Isn't there a killer [who will kill] him, like the one who murdered the Dutch director [Theo Van Gogh]?... If you can't slaughter him and kill him, at least destroy these websites…"

The author concludes by urging the readers to circulate his list of websites, and adds: "Perhaps Allah will produce someone who will [punish] this depraved person as an example to others, and will demonstrate to the Crusaders and to the Jews that the Islamic youth will never keep quiet in the face of any insult to their religion and their Prophet..."

(Emphasis added-DD)

The Islamist assault on free expression is no longer limited by geography: it is truly a global threat.


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