April 19, 2004


Crazed Muslim kidnappers and the Mississippi grandmother of hostage Thomas Hamill are all the same to The Sydney Morning Herald's Paul McGeough:

Echoing the religious fervour of his captors, no doubt, 43-year-old Hamill's grandmother remains hopeful: "I got God, and I just trust in God."

Grandma Hamill later burned down a mosque and imprisoned two imams in her basement, the crazy old fundamentalist. Canada’s Michael Coren doesn’t share McGeough’s appetite for equivalence:

This is something deeper, darker, than an imagined fight against a foreign foe. There is a virus at work. For the sake of the good, law-abiding Muslims of the world -- the majority -- we cannot pretend any longer it's about anything other than what it is: a religion gone mad and gone bad.

And gone from Canada to Iraq:

Fifty volunteers who left Canada to join a ''cult-like'' militant group called Mujahedin-e-Khalq are being detained by the U.S. military in Iraq -- more than twice the number previously thought, the National Post has learned.

Posted by Tim Blair at April 19, 2004 01:12 AM

Then again, Sistani did issue that fatwa against "that hippity hop music" saying "that one girl talkin 'bout her 'milkshake', that is clearly forbidden and deviates from the path of righteousness, bless her heart."

Posted by: dorkafork at April 19, 2004 at 01:50 AM

Ah, so Canada couldn't send soldiers to support the U.S. in Iraq, but they have muddledhedin to send. Wonderful. With the experience gained by those not caught, look for them to use their war-making skills in Canada.

Posted by: Helen at April 19, 2004 at 01:57 AM

The Mujahedin-e-Khalq are cultish & occasionally self-immolating Marxist Islamists long fighting the Iranian regime from within Iraq with Saddam’s approval & probable Ba’athist infiltration. They are extremely violent & are hated even by reformist Iranians. We’re talking potentially Khmer Rouge level of evil here, the kind of thing that wins poles-switched Noam Chomsky’s ardent & constant apostleship.

According to past press reports (I’ve no URLs handy), the Mujahedin-e Khalq provided the US with some info about Iranian nuke research that turned out to be reliable.

Posted by: ForNow at April 19, 2004 at 02:27 AM

Here's a letter I sent to the SMH about the
McGeogh story, hopefully it will restore some
of the leftie bias of that newspaper.

Paul Mc Geogh (17/4) takes delight in detailing
the salaries of murdered Italian Fabrizio
Quattrochi and kidnapped American Thomas Hamill.
How much are you being paid these days, Paul? Do
Fairfax or Channel 9 pay you danger money for
being in Iraq? Maybe you begrudge the high
salaries of contractors in actual danger.

Are the security personnel money chasing
mercenaries? Well we all do the best we can. Maybe
there weren't enough journalism jobs around. Maybe
not enough people can make a crust with tired,
predictable Anti-American views. Quattrochi is a
hero who chose to face death on his feet unbowed
by the terrorists and that's why Al Jazeera won't
broadcast it. It's no surprise that McGeogh, who
consistently comes down on the side of the
murderers and cowards, fails to recognise real
heroism when it's staring him in the face.

Posted by: Stuart Cooper at April 19, 2004 at 04:42 AM

Am I the only one who giggles when he hears the phrase "Marxist Islamists"?

How about just "totalitarians", ok?

Posted by: mojo at April 19, 2004 at 01:16 PM

They’re decidedly Marxist, decidedly Islamist, & decidedly cultish.

Posted by: ForNow at April 19, 2004 at 05:11 PM

Thank you Stuart Cooper!
You sent the letter I've always wanted to send.
McGeough is one of the most malicious grubs we have in our media. If Iraq never happened he'd be in Afghanistan working overtime, desperately trying to undermine Coalition efforts there! He's just one of the characters that brim with glee at the thought of a Coalition failure in Iraq. He would happily sacrifice 20 million Iraqis for the sake of rubbing America's face in it and some very petty point-scoring!

Posted by: Brian at April 19, 2004 at 08:33 PM

I have to respectfully disagree ;-)
They aren't real Marxists, they're much too rich for that. God help them if there ever was a Marxist uprising in this country! They'd be among the first to have their head on a pike. They just like pretending to be Marxists. It's a big hit on the Upper North Shore dinner party circuit. Most of them can't afford to be Islamists either, let's just say it clashes with their choice of lifestyle. Hypocrites is what they actually are!

Posted by: Brian. at April 19, 2004 at 11:01 PM

I was talking about the Mujahedin-e Khalq.

Posted by: ForNow at April 20, 2004 at 01:54 AM

Was there really a grandmother who burned down a mosque and imprisoned some imams? SHE is more dangerous than Islamofacists?
I think if the US is attacked again we'll see a lot more "extremist" grandmothers.
There comes a time when some say, "We're just not going to take it any more".

Posted by: Anon Y Mous at April 20, 2004 at 02:04 AM

Oh Sorry ForNow, I guess I was just looking for an excuse to get that comment off my chest ;-)

Posted by: Brian. at April 20, 2004 at 02:23 AM

That’s different, you’re right, Brian, I myself seldom pass up an opportunity to score a mot.

Posted by: ForNow at April 20, 2004 at 03:24 AM