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  The Bloody Beast Salivates as Pro-Islamist Journalists Ring the Dinner Bell

Posted on March 6 2011 12:00 pm
Phyllis Chesler is an Emerita Professor of Psychology and Women's Studies at City University of New York. For extended biography visit The Phyllis Chesler Organization.

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Originally published on March 3, 2011.

The Bloody Beast is really back. Only the willfully blind can deny it.

Let me spell it out, let me risk, yet again, being accused of “Islamophobia” (which does not exist), and of “racism” which very much does. Let the record show: I am not a “racist.”

The Beast is radical, fundamentalist, “Islamist” Islam; the beast is anti-Western, anti-Christian, anti-Hindu and anti-Jewish Muslim supremacists, who are now also terrorists/jihadists. They—Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Moammar Gaddafi, Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, the Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas, Hezbollah—are not wrestling with themselves quietly, spiritually, to overcome lust or hatred. Oh the contrary. They are blowing people up, sending weapons, employing mercenaries, twisting minds, spewing hatred.

Yes, I am talking about the Jihad which has just claimed the lives of two American airmen in Germany—the shooter, 21-year-old Arif Uka, from Kosovo, was said to have yelled the proverbial “Allahu Akbar” (God is Great) as he shot them down in cold blood. This is precisely what the Fort Hood shooter, Nidal Hassan, also yelled as he massacred 13 American soldiers on their home base in Texas.

The jihadists are telling us, showing us, that the Middle East and the Muslim world are here, both in Europe and in North America. Their gruesome and highly symbolic tactics and targets are here and of course, in India too. Does anyone remember 9/11, 3/11, 7/7, 11/26? How can anyone forget the World Trade Center, the Madrid train bombing, the London subway bombing, the attack on Mumbai?

The jihadists are also all over the Western campus (which is about to launch its annual grotesque Israeli Apartheid Week in 55 cities); the beast is present in all the “no go” zones throughout Europe where police dare not tread; it reigns among the politically correct “useful idiots” in the pro-Islamist Western media.

The beast can walk and chew gum at the same time. Thus, yesterday, Shahbaz Bhatti, the only Christian cabinet minister in Pakistan (Minister of Minorities) was assassinated for his opposition to the Islamic “blasphemy” laws. This means that one cannot criticize Islam (especially if what one says is true); if you do, you will be killed. According to leaflets left by his killers, the the 42-year-old Catholic Pakistani Minister was also assassinated because he was, quite simply, an “infidel Christian”; as such, Bhatti was viewed  as unacceptable as a Pakistani government leader. In addition to defending the rights of minorities, Minister Bhatti  had also defended the rights of rape victims. His killers claim to have acted for the Punjabi Taliban and al Qaeda.

The good news?

Finally, it is, or should be, overwhelmingly clear that the Arab Middle East has problems of its own that go far beyond America’s military presence in Iraq and Afghanistan, and far, far beyond Israel’s bright but tiny existence. Enormous poverty, tyranny, corruption, illiteracy, no free press, no freedom of religion, absolutely no personal and political freedom—such sorrows account for the frustration, resentment, and suffering of the majority of its inhabitants. There’s more. Today, both Muslim and infidel women are increasingly at risk in Muslim countries where forced veiling, forced female genital mutilation, forced child marriage, polygamy, and routine honor killings are normalized and even valorized.

Scapegoating Israel and America for such cultural, historical, tribal, and religious barbarism will not solve these larger problems. The cell phone generation that tried to launch a genuine revolution in Iran has, so far, been defeated. It remains a question as to whether their brave counterparts in Egypt will actually be able to win the day away from the far more powerful and organized Muslim Brotherhood and away from all the Egyptians who still want sharia law.

This point is utterly lost on both Tom Friedman in the New York Times and Andre Aciman in the Wall Street Journal.

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