Sunday, February 19, 2006

"The Battle of Khartoon"

As promised, here is Inquirer Book Critic Carlin Romano's review of Bruce Bawer's While Europe Slept: Author sees growing Muslim enclaves hoping to rule Europe. Money quote:

Accept his analysis or not, Bawer and his details startle, since American tourists rarely visit the Muslim communities that now ring many European cities, and American journalists rarely cover them. Apart from the heinous killings by angry Muslims of prominent Europeans such as Dutch professor and politician Pim Fortuyn (after publication of his book Against the Islamicization of Our Culture) and Dutch artist and filmmaker Theo van Gogh, who dared to question Islamic brutalization of women, Bawer describes a landscape of dysfunction.


  1. Then there is that Turkish kill-the-Westerners film, "Valley of the Wolves." I wonder how that will be explained away by the punditry?

  2. There is much schizophrenia in Europe about Turkey. The punditry want it in the EU and are working hard to convince the masses as it is politically correct to have as many countries in the EU as possible even if "Europe" is stretching it. The masses love going there for cheap holidays. The "north London literati" (Harold Pinter and co) hate it becuase of its terrible human rights record. The government wants to be in with Turkey becuase of NATO etc. Big mass of contradictions!

    The movie looks kind of fun from what I read about it, but I am pretty certain we won't be seeing it in "a cinema near you" any time soon.

  3. Mr Bawer recently posted a brief commentary at his website about ". . . the darkest days for European freedom in many a decade."

  4. On "60 Minutes" that Danish imam who deliberately expanded the cartoon controversy to lethal levels ranted at great volume about Muhammad and how he he is the Perfect Man and we love him and will follow him to death. It sounded not so much like religious devotion and fervor as it did:
    But Bob Simon, the "60 Minutes" correspondent, managed to bring it back to the typical supine, we-are-all-equally-at-fault mode by remarking how the newspaper had refused to run a Christian-related cartoon, as if one occurrence was proof of an entire Western anti-Muslim bias, totally ignoring that cartoons mocking Christianity and everything else are run every day as a matter of course throughout the Western media. But goring your own sacred cows is never allowed in lands where Islam reigns, not without severe or even fatal consequences. Also, Simon asked leading questions of the Danish imam, getting him to say what Simon wanted him to say, which was, Yes, what the Danish newspaper did was not an exercise in freedom of speech, but simple provocation. Pathetic.

  5. I remember, when Andres Serrano's "Piss Christ" was in the news, commenting that I thought it rather tame stuff, safely transgressive. Had he chosen a Star of David he would have been excoriated (and rightly so, I think). Had he chosen a Star and Crescent he might no longer be in the world of the living. Of course, disliking what he did is one thing -- as is objecting to the use of public money to pay for it. Denying him the right to do it is quite another, as is threatening him in any way. I found it offensive. Big deal. Life goes on. This, however, is a view alien to many Muslims, it would seem.
    Most in the media, I think one can safely say, do not really respect or believe in the Prophet, no more than they believe that Jesus is the Son of God. So one wonders why they affect such sensitivity when it comes to Islam. I suspect it is a peculiar combination of condescension and cowardice.