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"You Have Blasphemed Against Islam, The Prophet and the Koran: Wafa Sultan Speaks Out   

By Denis Schultz 


On February 21, 2006, Al-Jezeera TV aired a debate between Wafa Sultan, an Arab-American psychiatrist from Los Angeles and two Islamic scholars, Dr. Ibrahim Al-Khouli of Al Azhar University and Dr. Ahmad Bin Muhammad, an Algerian professor of religious politics. Ms. Sultan, an immigrant from Syria left Islam in 1979 when a professor in a class she was attending at the University of Aleppo in northern Syria was shot dead by terrorists a few feet from where she was sitting. Things of that nature—like lynchings and tornadoes—stick with a student. 

The debate had scarcely started when sparks began to fly. Maybe someone mentioned Samuel Huntington or maybe Ygor was in charge of the lighting. “The clash we are witnessing around the world is not a clash of religions, or a clash of civilizations,” said Wafa, “it is a clash between two opposites, between two eras…It is a clash between freedom and oppression, between barbarity and rationality. It is a clash between those who treat women like beasts, and those who treat them like human beings. What we see today is not a clash of civilizations. Civilizations do not clash, but compete.” 

Now Mullah al-Khouli could have said you are entitled to your opinion. That’s what Chris Matthews would have said. But what kind of Mullah would al-Khouli have been if he had responded like a reasonable fellow? He would have been a Mullah looking for employment, that’s what he would have been. And with Air-America going belly-up he would have had to settle for some second-rate position like associate professor of Islamo-fascist Studies at Columbia or Harvard. And—Allah should forbid—he would be surrounded by dhimmis! So he accused Ms. Sultan of being a heretic. 

“There is no point in rebuking you since you have blasphemed against Islam, the Prophet, and the Koran,” said al-Khouli. As Archie Bunker was fond of saying, “End of argument.” 

But Wafa Sultan wasn’t Edith Bunker—she refused to stifle. “Why does a young Muslim man, in the prime of life, with a full life ahead, go and blow himself up?” she asked. “How and why does he blow himself up in a bus full of innocent people?” 

That is an interesting question. Why would he blow himself up? No Scientologist ever launched himself into the 5th Dimension for L. Ron Hubbard. Anyone who has ever attended the Reverend Falwell’s Thomas Road Baptist Church in Lynchburg, Virginia, knows Jerry doesn’t like loud noises. Not one Quaker in a million would know how to fashion a suicide bomber’s belt. Very few atheists hanker for the hereafter. 

And, quite frankly, killing innocent people is sick. The Frankenstein monster killed innocent people but he was sick—he couldn’t help himself. Mohammed Atta killed innocent people. Was he sicker than the monster? Had some sinister force tampered with his brain? 

Dr. Bin Muhammad then addressed the politics of religious innocence. “I am not saying that killing innocent people is nice,” he said. “I say that all innocent people should be protected. But at the same time, we must start with the innocent among the Muslims. There are millions of innocent people among us, while the innocent among you—and innocent they are—number only dozens, hundreds, or thousands at the most.” 

Did he say, “hundreds, thousands at the most?” Is he kidding? Has he ever looked at a map? How many people does he think there are in the world? Doesn’t anybody study Human Geography in the Middle East? Freddie Krueger wouldn’t be safe locked in a room with this creep. If Bin Muhammad is an example of what the non-Muslim world can expect from Islam’s best and brightest a bird flu pandemic doesn’t seem that bad an alternative. Adolph Hitler and Joe Stalin would seem more out of place in Dante’s Inferno than al-Khouli and Bin Muhammad—or in Vanessa Redgrave's drawing room for that matter.


* Mullah Krekar.

* Dr. Wafa Sultan.

 Meanwhile, one Islamic time warp removed from al-Jezeera TV, Scandinavia’s most controversial refugee, Mad Mullah Krekar, was fighting extradition to Iraq. Krekar had been granted asylum by Norway in 1992 and like Omar Bakri in England he’s been on the dole ever since. Now, really—don’t any of these guys work? No wonder Islam is ten centuries behind Lower Slobbovia in economic development. Nonetheless, Krekar, born Najmuddin Raraj Ahmad, doesn’t let being a ward of the state interfere with his bashing of his benefactors. We will bury you; we will outbreed you like rats in a garbage dump. Oh, he’s a nasty one. “We’re the ones who will change you,” he insists. 

Krekar travels back and forth to Iraq where he meets regularly with Ansar al-Islam a terrorist organization he helped create before he became persona non grata. Iraq wants him back. Krekar is an admirer of Osama bin Laden and the Taliban. “Osama bin Laden is a good person,” he says. “Those who say Osama bin Laden is a terrorist are themselves killing women and children.” 

He must be on Jim McDermott's E-mail list. Radical Muslims have killed most if not all of the Muslim women and children killed in recent years. And they have killed most of the Christians, animists and Hindus that have falling victim to violence over the same time frame. 

“The West destroyed the Taliban regime in Afghanistan because it feared the Islamic state,” said Krekar. 

That’s one scenario. There are others—imagine the Taliban as an open sewer, breeding disease and pestilence, and Uncle Sam as the Orkin Man on a mission of mercy and one is closer to the truth. 

Al-Khouli, Bin Muhammad, and Mullah Krekar; three Islamo-fascist thugs; nasty fellows—they are not the salt of the earth. Did they spring full-blown from the Qur’an or did they creep out of the pages of Mein Kampf? It’s a close call. Krekar is more obnoxious than al-Khouli and Bin Muhammad. He may be a rune short of Reinhardt Heydrich, but he tries. In his elocution Bin Muhammad could pass for Joseph Goebbels and al-Khouli has all the obtuseness of Joachim von Ribbentrop but little of the latter’s charm. Not one of these creeps has contributed anything of value to the civilized world. They are barbarity not rationality. Al-Khouli, Bin Muhammad, and Mullah Krekar—is this the best Islam has to offer? 

Wafa Sultan said, “I don’t believe you can reform Islam.” 

It is difficult to argue with that proposition. The Qur’an is so full of violence, intolerance, bigotry, anti-Semitism, sexism, chauvinism and hatred it could have served as a training manual for an SS Division on the way to the Warsaw Ghetto

“Once you try to fix it (Islam),” said Wafa, “you’re going to break it.” 

It’s going to be a long war.

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