The Toilet Wars
Vol: 44 Issue: 21 Saturday, May 21, 2005
It’s been a week since a ten-sentence story in Newsweek sparked a wave of rioting throughout the Muslim world that left 17 dead, scores injured and caused millions of dollars in property damages.
This is a story with so many nuances that it takes a lot of scrutiny to see them all. There’s been a little time for cooling off, and a sense of perspective is beginning to emerge from all the heated rhetoric from all sides.
Few, if any, have noted the silence of the rest of the Islamic world in reaction to the orgy of violence resulting from the Newsweek report.
There was little condemnation from the allegedly ‘moderate’ mainstream Muslim world for the behavior of their co-religionists.
The Pakistani Information Minister slammed Newsweek, saying, “They should understand the sentiments of Muslims and think 101 times before publishing news which hurt feelings of Muslims.”
While I agree from a tactical perspective, because it hands a propaganda victory to the enemy, I reject his absolution of Muslims from responsibility. Evidently, I am pretty much alone in that regard.
Secretary of State Rice reacted by affirming, ”disrespect for the Holy Koran is not now, nor has it ever been, nor will it ever be, tolerated by the United States. We honor the sacred books of all the world’s great religions.”
After Dr. Rice gave official US approval to Islam as a ‘great religion’, Theologian-in-chief George Bush, speaking for the United States, officially elevated the Koran to the status of the “holy” Koran.
No mention was made of the fact the Koran is the inspiration for the jihad that has claimed thousands of American lives, or of the primitive blood-lust it demands of its followers.
Instead, the official position of the United States government is that Islam is one of the ‘world’s great religions’ and that the Koran is ‘holy’.
What is the official US government position on Christianity and the Bible?
Christianity cannot be endorsed in any way, the Bible cannot be taught in public schools, and America is NOT a Christian nation.
(This is a good place to note that the CIA World Factbook cites America’s religious statistics as 52% Protestant, 24% Catholic. America’s Islamic community, according to official US government statistics, makes up ONE PERCENT of the population.)
Free Muslims Against Terrorism, an organization that represents moderate Islam, called on Muslims to ”converge on our nation’s capital for a rally against terrorism.” The rally was scheduled for May 14. Fifty people showed up.
So where were the Muslim groups like the Council on American-Islamic Relations? They boycotted it. More than 70 Muslim groups were invited, but evidently, they could only find fifty moderate Muslims who oppose terrorism — in the whole country.
Added to that is the amazing willingness of American journalists to believe anything, accept any premise, provided that it paints the United States as the villain.
The Koran-flushing story has been around ever since the administration caved in to pressure to release unrepentant Islamist fighters from Guantanamo Bay to their home countries.
It’s been reported dozens of times since the first released detainees were allowed unrestricted access to an uncritical press. But nobody gave much credibility to the uncorroborated charges of terrorists who, by definition, are dedicated to destroying the US — except the anti-American media.
Newsweek’s story sparked riots in the Islamic world because it claimed the story was corroborated by government ‘sources.’ At last, evidence!
The liberal mainstream, denying any liberal bias, defended their long-held contention that the terrorists were telling the truth and the government was lying.
Newsweek Editor Mark Whittaker explained, “Although other major news organizations had aired charges of Qur’an desecration based only on the testimony of detainees, we believed our story was newsworthy because a U.S. official said government investigators turned up this evidence. So we published the item.”
In other words, Newsweek was being completely uncritical in running it.
Uncritical’? Have YOU ever tried to flush a book down a toilet? How about even flushing one page? How big does Newsweek think the toilets ARE down there in Cuba, anyway?
The Islamic world is convinced American toilets must be as big as swimming pools, since they refuse to accept Newsweek’s tepid ‘retraction’, preferring instead to believe Newsweek was pressured into retracting the story by the administration.
So do the blindly liberal American press corps, judging by the questions tossed to White House press liaison Scott McClelland all week.
One Useful Idiot of the Islamic jihad, ABC reporter Terry Moran, asked McClelland, “With respect, who made you editor of Newsweek?”
Then he launched into his editorial, asking, “Do you think it’s appropriate for you, at that podium, speaking with the authority of the President of the United States, to tell an American magazine what they should print?”
Evidently, Moran has a really, really big toilet at HIS house, so he never considered that it was possible the administration was reacting to a false allegation.
Moran followed up with a question Osama bin Laden would have paid him millions for, if it had been necessary, (which it wasn’t); “Are you asking them to write a story about how great the American military is?”
Point, set and match — from the perspective of a Useful Idiot. Or somebody with a really, really efficient plumbing system.
Let’s revisit the term, “useful idiot” for a second. It was first coined by Lenin to describe the intellectuals, writers, politicians and socialist activists in the West who promoted the Bolshevik scheme of world revolution.
His successor, Josef Stalin, continued the use of the phrase to describe the liberal opposition to Joe McCarthy’s House Un-American Activities Commission.
Loosely defined, a ‘useful idiot’ is any person who acts in a way which unwittingly promotes political interests which are opposed to his own political ideals.
(Moran qualifies only in that I am assuming his political ideals do not include submitting to an Islamic government or being beheaded as an infidel. In so doing, I am also making an admittedly generous assumption that Moran’s idiocy has limits.)
Liberals aren’t saying the jihadi riots are inexcusable, they’re saying the protests were justified because America is surely guilty of things just as bad.
In defense of Newsweek, David Brooks of the reliably liberal New York Times offers this conclusion; “Whatever might have been the cause of their [Newsweek’s] mistakes, liberalism had nothing to do with it.”
If it wasn’t liberal bias, then it can only mean; a) the story is true, or, b) Newsweek believed that it is possible to flush a book down a toilet, and therefore, ran the story in good faith, BELIEVING it was true.
(It seems to me that admitting to being wrong once in a while is a better defense than admitting to being stupid all the time).
There is plenty of blame to go around.
Newsweek’s willingness to believe in super-toilets if it hurts the administration blinding it to the consequences that it should have foreseen.
The Bush administration’s willingness to afford Islam an official status as a great religion based on a ‘holy’ book — even as its ‘holy’ practitioners degenerate into a blood-thirsty mob, killing and maiming and destroying in outrage over a single copy of that ‘holy’ book in the name of the ‘great’ religion it spawned.
The Useful Idiots in the media who are willing to believe anything, provided it proves their contention that America became the Great Satan when George Bush and the Republicans ‘stole’ power away from the liberal left.
Every single Muslim in America except the fifty who showed up for the rally against Islamic terrorism in Washington.
Islam itself, and the Koran that inspired the toilet-riots — and is the inspiration for the ongoing war that has already killed tens of thousands of innocents since 2001.
Oh, and American plumbing.
Since I have received not a single objection to taking Sundays off, the Omega Letter will not publish tomorrow. Thanks to you all.