To Osama's number two Ayman al-Zawahiri (right) -- blinded by his hatred of all things Western -- Pope Benedict is a "charlatan," while to Soumaya Ghannoushi (left) -- an aljazeera.net columnist "currently completing a doctorate thesis on the medieval origins of the Orientalist discourse" -- her vision distorted with postmodern fairy dust -- "The Pope's response to the anger his statements sparked in the Muslim world was more offensive than the statements themselves. He apologised not for what he said, but for Muslims' failure to grasp the intended meaning . . . Islam is still perceived as the other, the embodiment of evil."
"Why don't you tell them how many million citizens of America and its allies you intend to kill in search of the imaginary victory and in breathless pursuit of the mirage towards which you are driving your people's sons in order to increase your profits?" taunts the psychologically damaged Ayman al-Zawahiri, projecting his own demons onto the Leader of the Free World in a video posted yesterday on the internet and released by the Virginia-based IntelCenter. According to David Asman on FoxNews, Zawahiri's hysterical outburst kept the Dow from ending at an all-time high this afternoon. Darn. That would have been such a nice end-of-quarter thing, not to mention Neil Cavuto's promised graphics extravaganza when the all-time high does occur:
Aljazeera reports that Ayman al-Zawahiri, al-Qaeda's number two, in a new video message has called US President George Bush a liar who had failed in his war against al-Qaeda.
Oooh. Ayman reads the New York Times. What a big boy. But one thing the angry old gynophobe missed that's telling. He speaks of "your people's sons" but not of our daughters. Like his hero Sayyid Qutb -- whom he called "the most prominent theoretician of the fundamentalist movements" -- Ayman has always had a woman problem (She made me do it, Lord). As we wrote a couple of years back:
Remarkable how the misogynist fantasies of a couple of dystopic guys like Mussa Sadr Al-Sadr and Ayman Zawahiri can infect entire generations of muslim youngsters in much the same way that Nazi and marxist ideologies infected everyday folk in the last century.
No question Ayman has a way with words:
Bush, O failure and liar, why don't you be courageous for once and confront your people and tell them the truth about your losses in Iraq and Afghanistan.
We guess that passes for tough talk in some circles. Nancy Pelosi, listen up. Predictably, Zawahiri has nothing good to say about the Holy Father -- the Pope who loves cats and Mozart -- either:
Al-Zawahiri also called Pope Benedict a "charlatan" because of his remarks on Islam.
"This charlatan accused Islam of being incompatible with rationality while forgetting that his own Christianity is unacceptable to a sensible mind."
Uh, huh. Same old same old. I'll kill you if you call me a killer. If you haven't already -- we know Ayman hasn't and never will as it might disrupt his self-affirming cognitive dissonance -- be sure to read Lee Harris's deeply satisfying take on what Papa Ratzi is really up to in his "Socrates or Muhammad?" at The Weekly Standard [via Miss Kelly]. Our awesome nephew/godson, a professor of philosophy whose first book -- Rousseau's Theory of Freedom -- we blogged here, comments on Harris's thesis:
I'm not sure what would be left of organized religion if its adherents seriously engaged in "self-critical examination of their own beliefs," but it's nice anyway to see the Pope coming out on the side of reason and argumentation. If the Pope is joining forces with the spirit of Socrates against fundamentalist Islam, then I guess it's true that my enemy's enemy is my friend.
Echoes of Oriana Fallaci's "If an atheist and a pope can think the same things, there must be something true." One final thought on the bottomless pit of Islamofascist hypersensitivity to perceived insults. There may be a light at the end of the Eurabian tunnel, and it may have something to do with Mozart. You probably heard the story about Berlin's Deutsche Opera company's decision the other day to preemptively deschedule Mozart's opera "Idomeneo," trendily staged -- to the disgust of at least one Mozart purist -- with the severed heads of Poseidon, Jesus, Buddha and you know who [pbuh] -- because of dhimmitudinous fears of Islamist reprisals. Now it turns out German opera lovers are just saying no:
Wolfgang Schäuble, interior minister and the country's top security official, said on Wednesday that 30 government and Muslim representatives, meeting in Berlin to launch a three-year dialogue forum, had "spoken out unanimously" that the opera should be performed as scheduled in November . . .
The support offered to the opera by the German-Islam Conference, the dialogue forum established on Wednesday and set to run for at least two years, showed that Muslim groups in Germany rejected extremism and supported artistic freedom, Mr Schäuble said.
We happened to surf into a performance of Mozart's "Mass in C Minor" -- "taped live at the Knight’s Hall in Wolfegg, Germany" -- in the wee hours on Eternal World Television Network (EWTN) this morning. It brought to mind William Congreve's oft-misquoted quotable quote:
Music hath charms to soothe the savage breast,
To soften rocks, or bend a knotted oak.
Is it true, as Darul Ifta of Ask the Imam says, that "music has been condemned strongly in the Qur'aan and Hadith"? Could that be the key to what's wrong with these people?