Thursday, September 18, 2008


Sharia Law offers public flogging. Resolutely unAmerican, unWestern, uncivilized.

ON THE UPROAR of this short documentary called Obsession which was recently inserted into newspapers distributed primarily in swing states—Florida, Pennsylvania, Missouri, Ohio, Michigan—and the attached card mentions the upcoming elections.

Fear tactic? Yes. Blatantly false? Not on your life.

The documentary with real clips and honest reportage makes this case: That a current tendency in Islam regards the West, especially the United States and Israel, as enemies to be destroyed and that achieving personal annihilation in forwarding that goal—to die in jihad—is a good and holy thing. This tendency is far from being a majority view, and yet neither is it suppressed; in fact, it is supported by regimes that allocate television airtime and publish schoolbooks.

We must be keen to note that 9-11, the Madrid bombing, the London bombing, the Beslan slaughter, the Bali slaughter and dozens of other outrages were not merely linked to terrorism but were expressly and explicitly motivated by a particular kind of Islam. Let's cut the crap. That isn't an anti-Muslim point; it is an anti-jihad one, and the odd fact that it has become impolitic in some circles even to discuss the nature of this threat is exactly why it's worth airing in this or any political season.

The real scandal is that this film has been available and shown for two years now, but has been barred from wider release in part for political reasons, in part because of the kind of spinelessness displayed by one North Carolina newspaper publisher, at the Greensboro News & Record, who refused the insert as it was "divisive" and "serves no educational purpose."

"People don't want to feel this is part of a single threat," says Winston Churchill biographer Sir Martin Gilbert tells the documentary interviewer, "because if you come to that conclusion—and I'm sure it's the true conclusion—then you have to do something about it."

Read more about why you should take some time out of your busy schedule to learn more about this threat. Don't be a tool of the Left, or the Right. Get some facts that will start you on the journey for significant citizenship. Before it's too late.

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