Tiny and Baby out on their tethers this afternoon understand exactly what Mohamed Raseol was talking about when he said back in the 90's that "Being offended is sometimes purely a form of aggression." If only our own species were so perspicacious.
“Being offended is sometimes purely a form of aggression,” wrote Mohamed Rasoel, a prescient Pakistani/Dutch immigrant charged with racism way back in1992 for his book The Downfall of the Netherlands, Land of the Naive Fools, quoted by Fjordman in a tour de force recap of creeping Eurabianism, with a dash of USArabianism thrown in for good measure -- Salman Rushdie, Bat Ye’or, Ayan Hirsi-Ali, Ahmed Mansour and South Park's "Cartoon Wars" episode are all there -- at The Brussels Journal that afforded us a "staggering" Eureka Moment. First a few excerpts from the article:
Mohamed Rasoel had warned in his book that the Dutch were mistaken to tolerate the mushrooming growth of their Muslim population. He predicted that this would lead to a civil war and, at best, the country’s partition. This was during the heat of the Rushdie controversy. The book was taken from the shelves in most bookstores throughout the Netherlands, and quickly forgotten about.
Mohamed Rasoel himself stated that: “It proves that the general thrust of my book is correct, that Dutch society is changing and becoming less tolerant. Freedom of opinion is already being sacrificed . . . Muslims are allowed to shout: kill Rushdie . . . When Muslims say on TV that all Dutch women are whores, it is allowed . . . It is ridiculous and scandalous that I have to justify myself in court for discrimination of Muslims.”
For the ecstatic life-flashing-before-your-eyes experience of drowning in the sheer awfulness of it all, be sure to read the whole thing. Here's the gist:
Gerard Alexander warns against what he calls “illiberal Europe,” by which he means the dramatic expansion of laws to sanction speech that “incites hatred” against groups based on their religion, race or ethnicity. Such laws have been passed in Western European nations since the 1970s. “The real danger posed by Europe’s speech laws is not so much guilty verdicts as an insidious chilling of political debate, as people censor themselves in order to avoid legal charges and the stigma and expense they bring.”
This “swirl of speech-law charges, lawsuits, and investigations” is now sustained by an “antiracism” industry. “Europe’s speech laws are written and applied in ways that leave activists on the political left free to whitewash crimes of leftist regimes, incite hatred against their domestic bogeymen of the well-to-do, and luridly stereotype their international bogeymen, often with history-distorting falsehoods such as fictitious claims of genocide said to be committed by the United States and Israel. It may be no coincidence that Socialist and extreme-left parties have played central roles in the design of speech laws.”
"It may be no coincidence," indeed. We've often blogged about the unholy alliance between all too many of our fellow citizens on the left side of the aisle -- in the media and on campus, especially -- and strange bedfellows from the heart of darkness that is Islamic fascism. Which brings us up to that "Eureka Moment" of which we spoke above. Mohamed Rasoel's "Being offended is sometimes purely a form of aggression" is precisely what was going on when Harvard President Larry Summers was hounded out of office by hysterical Marxist feminist mullettes. The Founding Fathers are spinning you know where.
Update: "What are mullettes?" asks Goomp. "Female mullahs," we reply. "Hillary fits the description . . . The usual type that knows better than you do what's best for you."
Update II: If you know what's best for you, head on over to Friday Ark #96 at Modulator.