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Kofi Annan: Denmark “Not Yet Sure How to Adjust” February 26, 2006

Posted by RepublicanWitch in Madness, Why we fight.
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From Little Green Footballs:

Doha, Qatar, 26 February 2006 – STATEMENT BY THE SECRETARY-GENERAL AT THE OPENING SESSION OF THE SECOND MEETING OF THE HIGH-LEVEL GROUP FOR THE ALLIANCE OF CIVILIZATIONS

The offensive caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad were first published in a European country which has recently acquired a significant Muslim population, and is not yet sure how to adjust to it. [Recently acquired, Kofi?  What – did they go to Muslims ‘R Us and pick up a whole shopping cart full?  And adjust to it??? Um, no, the “new arrivals” need to adjust.]

And some of the strongest reactions – perhaps especially the more violent ones – have been seen in Muslim countries where many people feel themselves the victims of excessive Western influence or interference.

Whether or not those who published the caricatures were deliberately seeking to provoke, there is no doubt that some of the violent reactions have encouraged extremist groups within European societies, whose agenda is to demonize Muslim immigrants, or even expel them. [Hang on – “demonize” Muslim immigrants?  Do you mean Muslims who peacefully demonstrate?  Or  Muslims raping young girls as a “rite of passage“? Or Muslims killing? Be specific here, Kofi.]

Similarly, the republication of the cartoons, and the support for them voiced by some leaders in Europe, have strengthened those in the Muslim world who see Europe, or the West as a whole, as irredeemably hostile to Islam, and encourage Muslims always to see themselves as victims. [Here’s a hint for ya, Kofi – the West is hostile to Islam, because Islam is  hostile to everybody else.}

So misperception feeds extremism, and extremism appears to validate misperception. That is the vicious circle we have to break. That, as I see it, is the purpose of the Alliance. [Whoa!  A UN group that has a purpose!  Good going.  Except you need to take out the “appears” there – and the mis-.  As in “extremism validates the perception.”

It is important that we all realize that the problem is not with the faith but with a small group of the faithful – the extremists who tend to abuse and misinterpret the faith to support their cause, whether they derive it from the Koran, the Torah or the Gospel. [Now, Kofi, I’ll grant you, there are extremists like Fred Phelps (I won’t link to his page, but here’s some info) who are disgusting examples of “religion gone wild”, but how about comparing numbers and methods?  How many Phelps and his ilk compared to how many Islamic extremists? How many people has Fred blown up?]

The sad truth is that these narratives, however deceptive, can be very compelling. Incidents like a caricature of the Prophet, or a death threat to the artist who drew it, make far more impact on the popular imagination than pious statements issued by foreign ministers and secretaries-general. [Hmmm, drawing or death threat? Drawing, death threat.  Yeah, they’re the same to me, too.  Right.]

Don’t even get me started on the title of this thing – THE HIGH-LEVEL GROUP FOR THE ALLIANCE OF CIVILIZATIONS?  Can’t you just see them dressed like Ralph and Norton, wearing their raccoon hats?  Maybe Kofi & crew have secret handshakes and secret decoder rings, too.

Um, Kofi, I don’t know how to break the news to you, so I’ll just tell ya straight out – we’ve got  Islam vs. ONE civilization (which is everybody else).  That’s the way it is, and will be until the whole world is living under Shari’a.

Think I’m kidding?  Read this.

 

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