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In an interview a month ago on FrontPage, cartoonist and FrontPage contributing artist Bosch Fawstin observed that “comics have been as truthless and as gutless as any corner of pop culture about Islam and Jihad since 9/11.” After dismissing several comic books that promoted appeasement toward the threat of global jihad, Fawstin, whose own work fearlessly confronts that threat, concluded with a contrasting example:
And finally, there’s Frank Miller’s Holy Terror, originally a Batman vs. al Qaeda story, which appears to take on the enemy in a more direct way than we’ve seen in comics so far, outside of my own work. I’m curious to see what kind of effect Miller’s book will have, if it will inspire more work that takes on this enemy.
Released two weeks after that interview, Miller’s 120-page graphic novel Holy Terror so far seems to have prompted more indignation than inspiration. The English-language website The National, for example, based in the United Arab Emirates, reports that some critics are denouncing the book as “Islamophobic” – and then proceeds to provide those critics with a forum in which to slam Holy Terror unchallenged by an opposing point of view.
Miller is one of the most influential and well-known cartoonists alive. His work includes The Dark Knight Returns and the graphic novels adapted to film, 300 and Sin City. As Fawstin noted above, Holy Terror was originally envisioned as a Batman tale, but after the 9/11 attacks it eventually morphed into a tale featuring a hero called The Fixer, who sets out to stop an Al Qaeda plot in a fictional version of New York City. In the process, the hero unapologetically proceeds to lay waste to the enemy.
Depicting Muslim terrorists as villains doesn’t sit well with their sympathizers, who disapprove of the lack of nuance in Holy Terror’s stark drama of good conquering evil. “There is nothing subtle about Frank Miller’s newest graphic novel,” The National article asserts:
The book opens with the quote: “If you meet the infidel, kill the infidel,” which Mr Miller attributes to the Prophet. From there the jingoism, violence and Islamophobia take off.
The National is trying to imply here that Miller’s quote attributed to “the Prophet,” meaning Islam’s founder Mohammed, is incorrect. Imprecise it may be, but what The National is glossing over is that the quote’s sentiment, the imperative to kill infidels, is a dominant theme of the Koran, in which variations of the quote abound. Acknowledging this, however, would take some of the sting out of the charge of Islamophobia, which is the stealth jihadists’ most potent weapon in their crusade to criminalize any criticism of Islam.
We are witnessing a growing industry of information and fear-mongering, and this work fits in the center… It’s unfortunate that Islamophobia is becoming mainstream.
What’s unfortunate is that the cynical and manufactured concept of Islamophobia is becoming mainstream, thanks to the victimization card obsessively and successfully played by such Brotherhood offshoots as CAIR.
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