Manufactured Jihad

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The February 2006 riots following the publication of cartoons mocking the Prophet Mohammed in a Danish newspaper killed over 100 people and showed the West the danger of offending Muslim sensibilities. New documents obtained by WikiLeaks now show that the Syrian government was actively stoking these flames as a way of frightening its enemies, winning its own credibility in the Muslim world and discouraging the West from promoting democracy in the Middle East.

It was obvious from the beginning that terrorist-sponsoring regimes were trying to promote the outrage. Angry crowds formed in Lebanon, Iran, Gaza City and Damascus that attacked the Danish and Norwegian embassies and burned European flags. As Fox News reported at the time, “few believe the protestors could have pulled off such a brazen act without tacit government consent.” Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said, “Iran and Syria have gone out of their way to inflame sentiments and to use this to their own purposes, and the world ought to call them on it.” Diplomatic cables obtained by WikiLeaks now reveal that the riots were more of an instigated event than previously acknowledged and was not a spontaneous outburst of Muslim outrage around the world.

In the days leading up to the large demonstrations in Damascus, the Syrian government ordered the country’s Grand Mufti to “issue a strongly worded directive to the imams delivering Friday sermons in the mosques of Damascus.” Ammar Sahloul, a businessman suspected of being an agent of the Syrian government with close ties to the Grand Mufti, began sending out text messages at this time to organize the demonstrations and played an important role in making them happen.

The documents explain that banners put up in the Rawda Square of Damascus by the demonstrators were “obviously” put up with the Assad regime’s permission, as the security forces had immediately removed other banners such as ones promoting a Muslim-Christian interfaith event in the past because such banners require government approval. The Syrian security forces stood by as the Danish and Norwegian embassies were attacked by the rioters but then intervened to protect the French one, the cable says.

At this time, Iranian state television was describing the publication of the Mohammed cartoons as an insult to Islam by the Danish government. Supreme Leader Khamenei addressed the country to call the cartoons a “Zionist plot” and a top Iranian official said the West had published them to “test” Muslims to see how they’d react. Hezbollah and Hamas likewise told Muslims it was their duty to join the demonstrations and said the punishment for insulting Mohammed is death.

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  • ObamaYoMoma

    and discouraging the West from promoting democracy in the Middle East.

    The West should not need any encouragement, as it should have learnt its lessons from the fiascos in Iraq, Afghanistan, Lebanon, and Hamastan, but then again we are talking about the State Department. Indeed, no one in their right mine would ever attempt to democratize a Communist country without first eradicating Communism. Likewise, since Islam is far more a totalitarian ideology similar to Communism than it is a religion, it would be incredibly ludicrous to attempt to democratize an Islamic country without eradicating Islam first. In fact, I can’t imagine attempting anything more utterly stupid, nevertheless that is exactly what the USA attempted to do in Afghanistan and Iraq and ended up with 2 Sharia states for our troubles, which will inevitably rejoin the global jihad, our government elites are totally oblivious of, as soon as we leave.

    Indeed, according to Islam democracy is an abomination that must be destroyed, because it is the rule of man. While Sharia, on the other hand, is the divine will of Allah, which is infinitely far superior, according to Muhammadans, because it is perfectly just and infallible since it emanates directly from God. Hence, the global jihad, which should be acknowledged as the Cold War of the 21st century, is similar to the Cold War of the 20th century in that it is also a struggle between the forces of totalitarianism, represented in this case by Islam and Sharia, and the forces of freedom and liberty, represented by the democratic free world.

    • tanstaafl

      It's like claiming you can have a Nazi democracy. I urge every American to read the Qur'an. You will come to the conclusion that Islam is a loaded gun pointed at the head of every unbeliever on the planet.

    • MaryofAz

      Nicely put. Thank you.

    • Beth

      "2 Sharia states for our troubles, which will inevitably rejoin the global jihad, our government elites are totally oblivious of, as soon as we leave"…

      only better trained for war

  • Grog3

    ."………Grand Mufti to “issue a strongly worded directive to the imams delivering Friday sermons in the mosques of Damascus…………"
    LESSON to be reinforced here– Mosques are instrumental and EFFECTIVE in distributing the hateful part of Islam (geuss thats over 60-80% of Islam!!)

  • RiverFred

    ObamaYOMoma,
    You did it again dude, right on. To bad you don't have a direct line to our government, they might actually learn something.

  • Waldemar

    @ RiverFred
    "ObamaYOMoma,
    You did it again dude, right on. To bad you don't have a direct line to our government, they might actually learn something."

    You may get what you wish for. I remember from my earlier life in a Communist paradise after Kowalski criticized the Government, "Where is my friend Kowalski?"
    " Kowalski, Who?"

    You want YOMoma alive, don't you>

  • MaryofAz

    The Quran is a book, dictated from a man that couldn't read nor write, an admitted pedophile with a problem with anger, that went on to get an enormous following from arabs who have obediently and joyfully slaughtered millions of people around the world in the name of a pagan god allah. Pitiful.

  • Amused

    No , not really dictated , but remembered , redacted by his companions , and that too , in confused and disconnected manner .

  • Amused

    LOL…that is not to say they got it wrong , for they did infact convey his precise ideology .Most of the "followers " are not aware of this . The book cannot be arranged chronologiocally because it is arranged by size of each Sura . Not to mention inscrutable time frames , and unverifiable references

  • http://www.maalmannen.blogspot.com Lars Bjarne Marøy

    Very few outside Norway seems to know that the norwegian government actually encouraged demonstrators in the middle east. Quite a lot of norwegian newspapers printed the Muhammed cartoons. But it was only after that a very smal christian newspaper printed them that the norwegian government signed a letter to the norwegian ambassies in which they told the ambassies to apologize for this christian newspaper printing the cartoons. This of course became known and in the middle east people believed that it was some other drawings and than the norwegian government had made some selfinflected damage on our ambassies.__Lars Bjarne Marøy, Norway

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