Unhappy Anniversary

Mark Tapson, a Hollywood-based writer and screenwriter, is a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center. He focuses on the politics of popular culture.


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With all the “Occupy movement” mayhem dominating the news last week, along with the media salivation over sexual improprieties ascribed to Herman Cain and Justin Bieber, and the continued fallout from Kim Kardashian’s divorce announcement diverting media attention from the hell being unleashed in the name of Islam in Nigeria, three grim anniversaries in the clash of Islam and the West passed last week with little-to-no public fanfare.

On October 31 a year ago, five members of al Qaeda scaled the walls of Baghdad’s Our Lady of Salvation Cathedral and opened fire on the congregation, leaving 42 martyred and wounding more then 100 in the massacre. The dead included three children, two priests and a pregnant woman. Survivors later said that the attackers told them they were “infidels” and “had to be killed.” The terrorists blew themselves up, but others who planned the attacks were later arrested.

Asked why they did it, their response was curiously devoid of the political grievances and poverty so often assumed to be the motivations for terrorism in the name of Islam. “You (Christians) are all ‘kafara,’” came the answer. “That is, ‘infidels,’ and we (Muslims) cannot coexist with you.”

The worshippers killed were remembered as martyrs, and prayers were offered up on behalf of Iraq’s still besieged Christian community in an intimate memorial mass held at Rome’s Santa Maria della Concezione Church. Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, the Vatican official in charge of Eastern Catholic Churches, honored the memory of the victims and expressed hope for better times:

This situation in the Church is difficult — being a minority and being the object of terrorist attacks and violent acts even within the very church walls. But, it has also brought with it, on the other hand, the fact that the blood of those who have died will certainly be the seed of hope and life for the future.

On November 4 two years ago, jihadist and United States Army psychiatrist Nidal Hasan went on a shooting rampage at Fort Hood, shouting “Allahu Akhbar” as he methodically mowed down dozens, wounding over thirty and killing fourteen (among the thirteen adults was a soldier three months pregnant). In the buildup to that preventable massacre, the military brass shamefully turned a blind eye to Hasan’s increasingly and overtly radical behavior.

In conversations with other soldiers he questioned whether the “war on terror” was actually a war on Islam. Fellow students said he suggested that shariah trumped the Constitution, and that he also attempted to justify suicide bombings. He gave a PowerPoint presentation that inexplicably focused not on his field of medical expertise, but on jihad. His obsession with “violent Islamic extremism” was known to his superiors, who simply whitewashed it in the name of multiculturalism and diversity. Indeed, in the aftermath of the shooting, Army General George Casey said that “as horrific as this tragedy was, if our diversity becomes a casualty, I think that’s worse.” Worse.

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  • PatriotX

    If this were to be “white supremacy” I bet that no one would have a problem calling it out for what it is. Our PC blinders is going to lead us off a cliff.

  • ConservativeCanadian

    Nice metaphor describing black conservatives as runaway slaves from the liberal plantation.

    • mrbean

      Accurate though. Liberals love to create and sustain minority dependency classes based on race.

  • PhillipGaley

    Yeah, Ron Paul's suggestion of proffering friendship to Iran, is classic Ron Paul.

    Than the White House lineup which we now labor under, about the only thing goofier, would be a Ron Paul presidency

    • BS77

      Don't worry…Ron Paul is a fringe candidate….very unlikely he will ever get nominated….

  • StephenD

    It doesn't matter if it is a Ron Paul or a Rick Perry or any other person who will not call Islam out for what it is; Anathema to our way of life as Americans. Giving any ground is providing succor to the enemy. Allowing for the terminology to be hi-jacked, letting Islamic whitewashing into the public school systems, merely giving deference to its unholy ~ holy days provides legitimacy where there never can be any.
    What is needed; what I would like to see and will support, is for a leader to forget the P.C. crap and call out Islam. I would stand against the gates of hell with a leader like that. I'm still waiting to hear them speak on this. Gingrich is the only one coming close it seems.

    • Beth

      "a leader to forget the P.C. crap and call out Islam"

      Could not agree with you more!

  • SpiritOf1683

    Ansd we have almost reached the 14th anniversary of the Luxor massacre, when Egyptian terrorists murdered 62 tourists in cold blood, and mutilated the bodies of their female victims That opened my eyes on Islam, and proved to me that Islam is a wicked cult of terrorism, barbarity, violence, racism, bigotry and infidel-hatred. My sympathies lay with Israel from then on, it made me see through our whitewashing press and media, and learning about the history of Islam, and what it took to keep us free citizens from Covadonga through to Tours, Lepanto, Vienna twice simply confirmed everything. Islam is out to take away the hard-won freedoms gained by our ancestors at massive cost to themselves. And what we have seen in the last 40 years with October bringing up the 9th anniversary of Bali ought to have convinced even the most stupid Westerner of the evil of Islam, but, alas, political correctness and self-loathing rules the roost in the West.

  • Stuart Parsons

    Nothing new here. Just crazy brainwashed idiots following the example of a delusional self-proclaimed 'Prophet' and his crazy god.

    When are Western politicians going to sum up the courage to challenge the false beliefs, practices and aims of Islam ???????

  • Sam Arisan

    I am getting more and more convinced that our PC administration does not have any guts to do anything until we are hit (maybe today) by a nuke attack.

  • WilliamJamesWard

    The violence aimed at America is from the Islamist world which wants our's to end
    and leftists in America and around the globe are willing to help this to destroy our
    Nation. Most of us know the war is on but at least one third of Americans can not
    put down their can of beer and turn from the game long enough to understand
    party time must end and real busineess has to be addressed before they all get
    a knock at the door and are fitted with a prayer rug. Can the third of Americans
    that understand the murderous intent of our internal enemies, both Islamists
    and traitorist leftists can they turn the tide and force a house cleaning and
    profound change as to who gets to live in America and who goes, one way or
    another?…………………………………………………………….William

  • Beth

    (These statements are not mine. I copied them from the koran. But I did add a name to them for an interesting twist)

    "Oh ye who believe"….

    004.101 When ye travel through the earth, there is no blame on you if ye shorten your prayers, for fear the MUSLIMS May attack you: For the MUSLIMS are unto you open enemies.

    005.041 MUSLIMS – are men who will listen to any lie

    005.051 O ye who believe! take not the MUSLIMS for your friends and protectors: They are but friends and protectors to each other. And he amongst you that turns to them for friendship is of them.

    009.005 ….fight and slay the MUSLIMS wherever ye find them, and seize them, beleaguer them, and lie in wait for them in every stratagem of war.

    047.004 Therefore, when ye meet the MUSLIMS in fight, smite at their necks. [Behead them!]

    I would like to know how those words make every muslim feel. For anyone who supports them – in any way – is guilty of all bloodshed that comes from them (no matter what the name is of the intended targets – the results will be the same).

    What says the 'moderate' muslim? Hate Speech? or "Good education" ?

    If you support murder – you're a murderer; you don't have to 'swing the knife' to get blood on your hands. That's the plain truth, and the Article above along with your teachings (provided here) is proof that "we reap what we sow".

    STOP feeding those teachings to your children.