Monday, January 22, 2007

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The NY Sun describes the extraordinary British TV video of undercover footage taken in British mosques now spreading via YouTube all over the Internet. Fausta has related links, and so does Gates of Vienna. Coincidentally, it illustrates the subject discussed in the previous post: the power of modern technology not only to spread lines but to counter them.

Thanks to the Internet, television borders, like national ones, have grown blurry. A program broadcast in one country can now be seen the same night in another, at least in YouTube-size segments. A good case in point is "Dispatches: Undercover Mosque," a secret investigation by Britain's Channel Four into anti-democratic, anti-Western preaching in reputedly moderate British mosques. The documentary, which was shown in Britain on Monday, was linked via YouTube on the Drudge Report the following day.

Radical Islam in Britain will also be featured tomorrow night on "CNN: Special Investigations Unit," a new series which sounds like something involving David Caruso, designer sunglasses, and murdered fashion models. In fact, this episode, "The War Within," stars Christiane Amanpour, and while it would be going too far to call it an unflinching look at Muslim extremism, it does at least look at it. But let's not give Ms. Amanpour, arguably the most famous female journalist in the world, too much credit. Oriana Fallaci lamented before her death last year that she had come so late to the most important story of her lifetime. She was talking about the growth of Islamic radicalism in Europe, and she was referring to its beginnings in the 1970s.

There was a time when people like Christiane Amanpour could be credited with uncovering what Oriana Fallaci had illuminated, but with any luck the Internet Way Back Machine will prevent that.


Blogger allen said...

"Radical Islam in Britain will also be featured tomorrow night."

What an interesting line. The film and the print reports of the Mosque scandal would give a reasonable person the impression that the behavior of these Muslims is the norm. After investing so much in the multi-cultural meme, how will Britain and the West deal with this enemy within?

1/22/2007 02:49:00 PM  
Blogger StoutFellow said...

Coincidentally, it illustrates the subject discussed in the previous post: the power of modern technology not only to spread lines but to counter them. Thanks to the Internet, television borders, like national ones, have grown blurry.

So true and extremely important when the radical Islamists are making perhaps bigger gains in their surreptitious cultural war against the West than they are in their 'military' jihad.

From my post at The Elephant Bar which was prompted by the "Dispatches" video.

The Saudi Wahhabists are conducting what can accurately be called a world-wide Islamic Cultural Jihad. The basic scheme is to fund construction of mosques and infiltrate them with radical imams (trained in Saudia Arabia). The mosques are then used as incubators for indoctrinating and training future jihadists of the Wahhabist strain. The future jihadists will fight the shooting war to establish the global Islamic Caliphate. The plan is in effect in the US, Australia, England and Spain to name a few countries.

Boston USA

SPEAKING AT the State Department in 1999, Muhammad Hisham Kabbani, a Sufi sheik and leader of the Islamic Supreme Council of America, sounded an alarm about Muslim houses of worship in the United States.

After Sept. 11, it became clear that mosques dominated by radical clerics were a potentially lethal threat. Many such mosques are funded by Saudi Arabia, which spends heavily to propagate Wahhabism, a fanatic and aggressive strain of Islam. The Saudi government, reported the 9/11 Commission, "uses zakat" -- Islamic charity -- "and government funds to spread Wahhabi beliefs throughout the world, including in mosques and schools. . . . Some Wahhabi-funded organizations have been exploited by extremists to further their goal of violent jihad against non-Muslims." Its findings were reinforced by Freedom House, which in 2005 documented the penetration of US mosques by Saudi-supplied Wahhabi hate literature.

It is against this background that the $24 million mosque and cultural center being built by the Islamic Society of Boston has generated such controversy.

According to financial documents supplied to The Boston Globe, major funding for the mosque is being provided by the Islamic Development Bank in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. In December 2005, for example, two payments of approximately $250,000 each were wired from Jeddah to the Citizens Bank account of the mosque's general contractor in Boston. Messages confirming the payments were faxed from Jeddah to the Islamic Society of Boston on Dec. 19. Other documents suggest that subsequent payments have been made as well. Yesterday, the ISB for the first time acknowledged receiving $1 million in financing from the Saudi bank.


Saudi Wahabbism evolved with the expansionist ambitions of the al-Saud tribe, who now comprise the Saudi "Royal" family, and hold all the important positions in the so-called government. Were in not for Saudi oil reserves, the kingdom would be written off as a tin-pot dictatorship of the worst order. Yet this repressive apology for a nation, where the victim of a gang-rape was subjected to a punishment of 90 lashes in November 2006, exports its backwards ideology throughout the world.

In southern Adelaide, construction of Park Holme mosque halted this month, because the foreign minister, Alexander Downer ordered that the Saudi government should not be funding the building. The mosque had been a haunt of immigrant Warya Kanie, who was captured in Iraq last year, fighting against the coalition.

The recuperation of places and buildings that were once mosques or sacred Islamic sites is the primary method employed by Muslims to reconquer Al-Ándalus. So-called moderate Muslims are oftentimes more effective than extremists in gaining concessions because of their attempts to portray Western democracies as intolerant if those countries don’t cede to certain demands. This technique has been used repeatedly in the case of the Córdoba Cathedral.

Spanish Muslims have for years been petitioning for the right to celebrate Friday prayer in the cathedral. Up until now these requests have been denied, which is a good thing according to Spanish politician Gustavo de Arístegui, the nation’s foremost expert on Islamic terrorism. Arístegui explains that if this request were to be granted, it would set a dangerous precedent. Similar demands would follow in ancient mosques throughout the Iberian Peninsula. Far from satisfying Muslims, initial concessions would only serve to inspire Islamic extremists and their potential recruits.

Already plans are underway by Spanish Muslims to construct what is being conceived as a ‘European Mecca’ in Córdoba, which was the capital of Al-Ándalus. According to the Spanish newspaper ABC, a new mosque funded by Saudi Arabia would be the second largest in the world. While Córdoba’s city council has twice denied the request to build such a mosque in a city with 1,000 Muslims, the Andalusian city of Seville has granted permission for a new mosque to be built on council land near the Los Bermejales district. But local residents, aware that 100 mosques already exist in Andalusia, have obtained a court order court order halting construction of the mosque.

See also the three part series Saudi Arabia's Export of Radical Islam"

1/22/2007 03:24:00 PM  

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