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Latest Cartoon Disrespect is Call for Change ("American" Muslim Denounces Freedom of Speech!)
San Antonio Express-News ^ | 02/02/2006 | Mansour El-Kikhia

Posted on 02/03/2006 12:42:30 AM PST by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

I watched only part of President Bush's State of the Union address. I just couldn't bring myself to watch the whole speech. I soon discovered that I wasn't alone.

Since then, I had the opportunity to talk to a number of academic acquaintances in the Middle East. I was interested in getting a firsthand Arab response to the turmoil taking place between the Europeans and Muslims, but I also took the opportunity to get some feedback on Bush's speech.

To my surprise, none of them heard the address. When I told one that Bush had promised to put in place programs to end America's dependence on Middle Eastern oil by 2025, he retorted, "From your mouth to God's ear." He was hoping without the need for the region's oil, the United States would be less inclined to involve itself in the area's politics.

However, Bush might need to speed up the effort.

A huge storm has been brewing between Europe and the Islamic world since the publication in the Danish daily Jyllands-Posten of 12 cartoons depicting Muhammad, the prophet of Islam, as a terrorist. A Norwegian newspaper also carried the cartoons.

Muslims throughout the world took offense, and many were even angrier at the Danish editor's claim to freedom of speech. Demonstrations worldwide denouncing Denmark were followed by the closure of the Libyan Embassy in Copenhagen and the recall of the Saudi ambassador.

Worse yet were the public boycotts of Danish goods in the Muslim world. Danish companies in Saudi Arabia were forced to shut down, and a huge dairy factory under construction had to be put on hold. The citizens of Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates also boycotted Danish products.

France Soir, Germany's Die Welt, Italy's La Stampa and Spain's La El Periodico have come to the support of Jyllands-Posten. In Europe, fliers and posters are asking Europeans to boycott Muslim businesses.

Mr. Bush, whether you want it or not, you now have what your neocon advisers planned all along. You have a global religious and cultural war, and I promise no one will emerge a winner. As an American Muslim, I found the cartoons offensive and unnecessary, even if sanctioned by freedom of expression.

Fifteen million Muslims in Europe and 8 million in America have been subjected to alienation, discrimination, cultural, political and legal barriers by governments and citizens alike, all done in the name of security or freedom of expression.

To deal with this, Arab and Muslim peoples, not only governments, must swallow a difficult pill that includes the following:

First, they need to borrow from Gandhi's book and its emphasis on resistance without violence, for violence only gives Western society the incentive and excuse to interfere in their lives.

Second, they need to respect themselves and demonstrate freedom of expression by weaning themselves off Western aid, goods and services. Moreover, they must divest themselves from Western markets.

Third, I never thought I would agree with the Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi, but I urge Muslims to sever political and economic relations with any country using "freedom of expression" as an excuse to manifest hate for them.

Fourth, sell to and buy from each other and countries that respect them. That will mean dealing with Latin American countries, as well as China, India and South Korea.

Fifth, investment must be done within Islamic societies. There are 1.7 billion Muslims, and they don't need Western society to create their own common currency and market.

Only by becoming truly independent will they be able to stand up to the nonsense coming from Washington, London, Amsterdam, Copenhagen and elsewhere.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; US: Texas
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melkikhia@satx.rr.com

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This @sshat could stand a little FReeper e-mail, methinks.

1 posted on 02/03/2006 12:42:33 AM PST by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle
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To: Alouette; SJackson; veronica; Slings and Arrows; Mr. Silverback; TheBigB; martin_fierro; ...

PING!!!


2 posted on 02/03/2006 12:43:56 AM PST by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle ("It'sTime for Republicans to Start Toeing the Conservative Line, NOT the Other Way Around!")
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

but I urge Muslims to sever political and economic relations with any country using "freedom of expression" as an excuse to manifest hate for them.

Does this include false religions that advocate violence against infidels?


3 posted on 02/03/2006 12:46:22 AM PST by rfreedom4u (Native Texan)
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To: rfreedom4u

Ask Salman Rushdie!


4 posted on 02/03/2006 12:48:30 AM PST by gr8eman (The hyena hunts, but he does not bargain-hunt.)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle


This obvious terrorist linked scumbag should be first on the list when the next attack on America occurs.

He is here protected in the USA using our freedom of speech and not in some desert hellhole.

He should leave while he can.




5 posted on 02/03/2006 12:49:59 AM PST by devolve (<-- (-in a manner reminiscent of Senator Gasbag F. Kohnman-)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle
He was hoping without the need for the region's oil, the United States would be less inclined to involve itself in the area's politics.

Is this tantamount to denial of 9/11?

6 posted on 02/03/2006 12:52:29 AM PST by the_Watchman
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle
Man,is this guy uptight.He must have a low regard for his "faith" to consider it so fragile.
9 posted on 02/03/2006 12:57:09 AM PST by smoothsailing
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

The only reasonable thing I got from that whole article was "boycott Muslim businesses."


10 posted on 02/03/2006 12:58:21 AM PST by MillerCreek
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle
Well golly, as long as the Muslims are going to withdraw their support for Western-made goods and swallow their pride and take up non-violent means of suffering through such rabid oppression as they experience in and from the West, why shouldn't they go the extra mile and GET THE HELL OUT OF THOSE ROTTEN COUNTRIES THAT TREAT THEM LIKE DIRT, STOP USING THOSE EVIL CEL PHONES, DUMP THEIR COMPUTERS AND FLUSH TOILETS and go back to the serene, peaceful, and beautifully functioning countries they came from?

then....everybody'd be happy ...right?

11 posted on 02/03/2006 1:00:30 AM PST by Attention Surplus Disorder (Funny taglines are value plays.)
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To: devolve

so you would kill a person that is opposing and religious carricatures in the name of free speech an as an act to counter hatredd and violence ?

do I get you right ?


12 posted on 02/03/2006 1:00:57 AM PST by globalheater (There is no instance of a country having benefited from prolonged warfare - Sun Tzu)
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sorry´, that should be anti - religious.


13 posted on 02/03/2006 1:01:43 AM PST by globalheater (There is no instance of a country having benefited from prolonged warfare - Sun Tzu)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

"Independent - 48 minutes ago
More than 150 hard-line Muslims stormed into a high-rise building housing the Danish Embassy in Jakarta today to protest against the publication of caricatures of the Prophet Mohamed. ..." Just on Google.

This is not about Islamic sensitivites it is about POWER. Give into this stuff and our freedoms will be decided by islam.


14 posted on 02/03/2006 1:02:32 AM PST by vimto (Life isn't a dry run)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle
Then I think the author should live by example and MOVE.

It wasn't Bush or America screaming 'God is Great' as they murdered innocent people going to work without warning.

OBL has done everything in his power to make it a religious war.

Sooner or later we're going to oblige.
15 posted on 02/03/2006 1:04:55 AM PST by DB ()
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

Fifteen million Muslims in Europe and 8 million in America have been subjected to alienation, discrimination, cultural, political and legal barriers by governments and citizens alike, all done in the name of security or freedom of expression.

To deal with this, Arab and Muslim peoples SHOULD BUY A ONE WAY TICKET TO THE MIDDLE EAST AND BE DONE WITH IT.


16 posted on 02/03/2006 1:09:13 AM PST by geopyg (Ever Vigilant, Never Fearful)
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To: vimto

**This is not about Islamic sensitivites it is about POWER. Give into this stuff and our freedoms will be decided by islam.**

I agree. They are just using this as an exuse to create havoc and terror.


17 posted on 02/03/2006 1:14:25 AM PST by Pepper777
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

Excellent! Let's remove all US money and infrastructure from the Middle East (except Israel). Then, we can deport all those non-Native Americans from the Middle East back from whence they came. They can feel free to live, love and worship as they please with no interference on the part of the US - and when they have nothing to eat except camel dung soup and nowhere to sell their only valuable commodity (oil) maybe then we can make a deal. The top priority must be to close down the borders right now before it's too late and the sovereign US becomes part of a global nightmare.

May God bless America!


18 posted on 02/03/2006 1:14:37 AM PST by kpbruinfan ("Try as they might, they cannot steal your dreams." - Neil Peart)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

It occurs to me that many Muslims are very much like spouse abusers. They do some terrible thing, then blame the victim and cry "you made me do it."

I agree with the previous post saying that Islam must be a pretty fragile faith if a few poorly drawn cartoons can threaten it!

There's a big difference in being free and doing free. Doing free means you sometimes have to just suck it up and tolerate the slings of outrageous fortune.


19 posted on 02/03/2006 1:16:48 AM PST by jwpjr
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle
re :First, they need to borrow from Gandhi's book and its emphasis on resistance without violence, for violence only gives Western society the incentive and excuse to interfere in their lives.

If they had remained peaceful from the start we would not be in the middle of a bloody war.

They are the ones who define them self's by what they hate.

They don't like the West then FO.

20 posted on 02/03/2006 1:21:29 AM PST by tonycavanagh
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