Musings, Nits, and Praises: Isn't It Ironic?

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Isn't It Ironic?

Protests over the Pope Benedict XVI's recent speech continued today, with crowds in Basra burning effigies of the pope. The uproar stems, of course, from the Pope's quoting of Manuel II Paleologus, a 14th-century Byzantine emperor: "Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." Although the premise of his speech was that religion should not be spread by violence, I have to question the Pope's wisdom in using a quote so likely deemed incendiary by many in the Middle East (especially when the Pope represents an institution connected with the Crusades.)

Nonetheless, one would assume that for an Islamic group to take offense to the quote, they would have to practice their religion peacefully. However, in an internet statement today, an al Qaeda-linked group proclaimed, "We tell the worshipper of the cross (the Pope) that you and the West will be defeated, as is the case in Iraq, Afghanistan, Chechnya . . . We will break up the cross, spill the liquor and impose head tax, then the only thing acceptable is a conversion (to Islam) or (killed by) the sword."

Further proof that "Middle East peace talks" is the most absurd phrase in the English language.

3 Responses to “Isn't It Ironic?”

  1. # Blogger PiperMatt

    IMHO, the faster we can replace gasoline-burning vehicles with hyrdogen-burning ones (or something similar), the faster we can quit sending money by the billions to the Middle East and let them descend back into the Third World from whence they came. Then the rest of the civilized world won't care if they kill each other because they won't have anything the rest of us need... thus we'll stay out of their affairs and they'll (theoretically) quit blowing us up as well.

    Sounds like the perfect solution to me!  

  2. # Blogger Jason

    I agree that an alternative fuel source for automobiles will curb our dependence on Middle Eastern countries, but we need to also find alternative fuel sources for some of our other large energy needs as well.

    Of course, less money for those countries might only serve to further fuel resentment among radicals who already want to destroy the West.  

  3. # Anonymous Anonymous

    Amen! If only George W. Bush (who is a terrible president) could figure this out. Bush is only interested in oil people making money!  

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