Simi Valley Sophist

The Simi Valley Sophist ruminates on all manner of topics from the micro to the macro. SVS travels whatever path strikes his fancy. Encyclopedia Britannica: Sophist "Any of certain Greek lecturers, writers, and teachers in the 5th and 4th centuries BC, most of whom travelled about the Greek-speaking world giving instruction in a wide range of subjects in return ..."

Location: California, United States

Retired: 30years law enforcement-last 20 years Criminal Intelligence Detective.

Sunday, March 05, 2006

Ayman Al-Zawahri is Clearly Warning Us

Al-Qaida’s number two man, Ayman Al-Zawahri, is putting us on notice. He is correct in his most recent video release when he accuses the West of being hypocritical concerning the editorial cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad.

They did it on purpose and they continue to do it without apologizing, even though no one dares to harm Jews or to challenge Jewish claims about the Holocaust nor even to insult homosexuals.

That is, he is correct about Europe. For the most part, in the U.S. the mainstream news media have been too timid to publish the cartoons. But, the U.S. has certainly not been too timid to publish about the infamous “Piss Christ” where-in a crucifix is depicted in a glass of urine.

As to the Holocaust, Al-Zawahri is again correct. Consider the fate of David Irving who was just convicted in an Austrian court for denying the Holocaust 16 years ago. See my post on freedom of speech here.

Al-Zawahri is again right about the loss of sacredness, but he goes a little off-beam when he mentions “freedom of opinion”:

The insults against Prophet Muhammad are not the result of freedom of opinion but because what is sacred has changed in this culture,… The Prophet Mohammed, prayers be upon him, and Jesus Christ, peace be upon him, are not sacred anymore, while Semites and the Holocaust and homosexuality have become sacred.

Al-Zawahri is telling us is that in accordance with fundamental Islamic philosophy, everything, including freedom of opinion, is subservient to Islam. That’s why Islamofascism is dangerous to freedom. We’ve been again adequately warned by none other than the second in command of Al-Qaida.