Showdown with Islam
I think its time for the world to find out where Islamic nations stand when it comes to behaving in a civilized fashion.
I'm referring to the on-going Abdul Rahman saga in Afghanistan, which took an interesting turn today. He was released from jail and immediately went into hiding so he would not be killed by his Muslim neighbors.
The insistence that ancient Islamic laws must be enforced to the letter in Afghanistan and Saudi Arabia appears intractable. Check out this speech given by the UK's Prince Charles at a conservative Saudi university. Pay close attention to the student's reactions near the tail end of the column.
Now let's jump to the crowd reaction to Rahman in Afghanistan.
On Monday, hundreds of clerics, students and others chanting "Death to Christians!" marched through the northern Afghan city of Mazar-e-Sharif to protest the court decision Sunday to dismiss the case. Several Muslim clerics threatened to incite Afghans to kill Rahman if he is freed, saying that he is clearly guilty of apostasy and deserves to die.
"Abdul Rahman must be killed. Islam demands it," said senior Cleric Faiez Mohammed, from the nearby northern city of Kunduz. "The Christian foreigners occupying Afghanistan are attacking our religion."
Death to Christians. That pretty much sums up what the non-Muslim world is facing. I suppose Jews the worldover are happy to have some company in the Death To .... chants. Sometimes America fills in the blank spot, but this crowd took it an extra mile to include all Christians. Several billion of us by the latest count I believe.
What does one do with this situation. You can take the walk the fine line of insisting that most Muslims are not like this, which President Bush favors, or you can try something new. An idea that will firmly place the world in one of two camps much like it was during the Cold War.
The U.S. State Department should conduct a worldwide poll of national leaders. They should be asked whether they support the killing of non-Muslims and the emplacement of Sharia throughout the world.
If the answer is yes to either of these questions then that country's name is listed in the enemies camp. Only a clear cut response will be allowed. All others are with us in the Allies camp. However, any joining us will have to stand up in front of the world's media and state that they disavow killing others becuase of their religion and they will no longer allow that kind of talk to eminate from their nation.
The world was divided this way for 50 years when the U.S. and Soviet Union squared off over who will dominate the world. Despite the spectre of near instant nuclear holocaust hanging over our heads, this was a great system. Everyone knew where they stood.
Cuba, was in the Sov camp, New Zealand with us. North Korea commie, South Korea good guy.
The way it is now nobody knows who is who. Is Saudi Arabia a friend or foe? How about Kuwait, Pakistan, Malaysia? I will say this for Iran. They've staked their place in the enemy camp and are proud of it. Good for them. Let's retarget some sub-based nuclear missiles onto Tehran today.
Just because a country is in the enemy camp does mean we can't do business. We will buy Saudi oil, Kuwait can buy our cars, etc.
But at least we will no longer be confused when the Saudi King says nice things to us, while its schools teaches that the only good Christian is a dead Christian.
As far as good old Abdul Rahman is concerned, I hope Israel offers him amnesty. That will show the world how we are supposed to behave.