Ultima Thule

In ancient times the northernmost region of the habitable world - hence, any distant, unknown or mysterious land.

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

"We're unworthy, we're unworthy!"

By Aussiegirl

Writing in today's Townhall.com,
Diana West has the correct analysis on the absurd DOJ Koran handling guidelines. Is this any way to fight a war on terror?

At first glance, this scene may seem to exemplify a bizarre excess of good manners, an absurdly obsequious respect for a largely foreign faith. Since when does the United States specifically direct its soldiers to show two-handed "reverence" in the handling of any religious book? But it seems to me that there's more behind this charade. The "clean gloves" and "detainee" towels are the tip-off.

The fact is, under Islamic law, non-Muslims are deemed unfit to touch the Quran. That much is generally known. What is not usually considered is the reason: According to the Islamic law, we are unclean.

The term is "najis." On the multilingual Web site of the Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Husseini al-Sistani, the leading Iraqi Shi'ite cleric, there is a catalogue of Islamic laws (www.sistani.org). This includes a list of "najis things." There are 10, beginning with an assortment of excretions and body fluids -- obvious stuff that really shouldn't need special mention. On the "najis" list with urine, feces, etc., are the pig, the dog and the "kafir." That means the Christian, the Jew, the unbeliever in Islam -- and, chances are, the Gitmo guard.

In effect, then, with its official policy of clean cloves and detainee towels, the United States military is promoting, enabling and accepting the Islamic concept of najis -- the unclean infidel -- a barbarous notion that has helped fuel the bloodlust of jihad and the non-Muslim subjugation of dhimmitude. Our soldiers are many things: self-sacrificing, bold, loyal and true. They are not unclean.

Is this political correctness run amok? Not exactly. It's something else again, a new threat from within that needs vigilant redress. P.C. is about victimology, the elevation of perceived victim groups to the canonical pantheon. The Gitmo rules are more blatantly about surrender, a voluntary self-extinguishment, a spreading condition of denial of what is right and worth standing for. Not what you expect from the United States Southern Command.


At 6:40 AM, Blogger Billy D said...

It's just nuts, isn't it? They can use (and did, in the church of the nativity, while hold up inside) the Holy Bible as toilet paper, but we have to handle the Koran, literaly, with kid gloves? They'll keep puching, and eventually it'll boil over, and Americans will push back. That, will be a bad time in this country.

At 9:31 AM, Blogger Billy D said...

Off topic, but I read that Putin has declared any NATO bases in the republics that used to be part of the Soviet Union would be considered threats to Russia, even if they joined the CIS. With the Ukraine actively seeking membership, I was just wondering your take on that.

At 7:56 PM, Blogger Aussiegirl said...

Thanks for the comments, and thanks for reminding me of this bit of Putin saber rattling. I'll have to get to it tomorrow when I have a bit more time.

How do you like Dick Durbin today? I'm going to have a lot more to say about that tomorrow as well.

At 4:33 AM, Blogger Billy D said...

I'll look for it. He's an ass, and I don't just mean a Democrat.


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