Protect and Defend

Welcome to my blog, Protect and Defend. You don’t have to understand me. You only have to agree with me. I can live with losing the good fight, but I can not live with not fighting that good fight at all. - Publius

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Daily Rant

The non-Muslim world is running scared. Supposedly there are cartoons that were published in a Danish newspaper that negatively portray the Prophet Muhammad. I say supposedly because they have not been run here in the US at least not without the type of editing normally equated with the witness protection program where the picture is pixilated to where no one can make out the identity. CNN has already said that they will not show the cartoons for fear of offending Muslims. At the same time, a prominent Iranian newspaper, Hamshahri, invited artists to enter a Holocaust cartoon competition to depict Jews being gassed and killed. Iran has suspended all trade and economic ties with Denmark and Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said Tuesday that publication of the cartoons was an Israeli conspiracy brought on by anger over the victory of Hamas in last month’s Palestinian elections. In Pakistan, 5,000 people chanted, "Hang the man who insulted the prophet," and burned effigies of one cartoonist and Denmark's prime minister. Riots have broken out throughout the Muslim world and Danish flags are being burned in front of embassies if not being attacked all together. These protests are all leading to an escalation of violence including the death of three protestors in Kabul, Afghanistan. And all this is over a cartoon.
Here in the U.S., Kanye West posed on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine as Jesus wearing a crown of thorns, because he believes he is somehow being persecuted because he believes "Gold Digger" was the best song last year and should have been nominated for the Grammy's best rap song category. Mr. West, you are not being persecuted because your song did not receive a Grammy nod. You are not even being persecuted; you have the do something first.
So, where does the Christian world go to protest West? I guess they don’t and instead are forced to watch the Grammy commercials where his song is already prominently featured.
Look at the difference between how a civilized society treats what can be considered blasphemous depictions and what is occurring around the Muslim world. Is there still anyone out there who doubts the danger that is on the horizon?


Blogger Joey Bee said...

I just recently put a post on my blog pointing out the contradiction the leading newspaper Hamshahri is making against its own President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The Iranian President Ahmadinejad last week said, “The Holocaust is a "myth" that was created by Western powers to justify the creation of Israel in the heart of the Islamic world.” So, if the Holocaust is only a “myth”, I do not think it would be offensive to the Jewish population, or any type of effective retribution.

Wed Feb 08, 03:43:00 AM  
Blogger Publius said...

Talking out of both sides of their mouth is nothing new for Iran. This is also a country that wants to develop nuclear power for “peaceful purposes.” Iran is sitting on a huge reserve of oil that powers their country and countries around the world, and yet they want the world community to believe that they need to develop nuclear energy, not for nuclear weapons but for electrical power. If the world actually believes that and does not step up to stop it, the danger will be greater than anything we have ever faced.

Wed Feb 08, 10:03:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Even greater than those WMD's in Iraq? That IS scary....

Wed Feb 08, 04:57:00 PM  
Blogger Publius said...

I make no excuses for the WMDs argument that was made for the invasion of Iraq. Our government told us that Iraq had WMDs but the U.N. and Iraq told us that they did not. However, Iran has told the world that they are looking to develop nuclear weapons and the UN has found, at this point, at least the beginnings of a nuclear program. Among the three “Axis of Evil” countries that the President made mention of, Iran was always the most dangerous of the three, but also the most difficult of the three regimes to topple.
Iraq was of course the easiest of the three regimes to topple but a plan of occupation and nation building was required once that regime was toppled, which it never was, and the post-war blunders in Iraq are well documented. Saddam was never popular in Iraq and it was a government of tyranny and oppression. Even religious expression was curtailed in Iraq as this could, and has shown, to be a dividing and dangerous force throughout the country.
Because of North Korea’s proximity to Russia, China, South Korea and Japan they were the second easiest option for regime change as these four countries would have to become involved in any invasion or occupation as a governmentless North Korea would have created instability throughout the region, and North Korea has both the nuclear and weaponry capability of striking these four countries.
Iran is the most difficult regime to topple among the three. First, it is more than twice the size of Iraq and as there were not then nor are there now enough forces to occupy Iraq, three times the troop level that now exists in Iraq would have been necessary. But, to do this would have required total U.N. support including troops otherwise the U.S. would have been forced to reinstate the draft. Also, Iraq is a made up country that never existed until its creation by World Powers, it is made up of three opposing groups of Kurds, Shiites and Sunnis. But, Iran is unified in the ethnic identity. In addition, the Iraq regime was that of a lone and secular dictator whereas Iran is an Islamic regime and thus toppling the regime would require toppling the religion as well, something that can not be done. Changes in Iran will not be brought about by outside forces. The people of Iran will have to want to change before any change occurs. As has been seen in Iraq, an occupation and invasion by a foreign nation does not lead to divisions within the society but cohesion and thus a unified opposition force. The outside world can not change Iran it can only hope to contain it; only forces within the country will lead to regime change. But, make no mistake about it, of the three Iran was and remains the most dangerous of the three regimes.

Wed Feb 08, 10:39:00 PM  

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