Hey Jordan, if you stick your nose in European affairs one more time, you risk being “punk slapped” back into the stone age. But then again, when viewing the photograph it appears that it wouldn’t be much of a punishement.
FPM: ” In a brazen attempt to stifle free speech in the West, a Jordanian court recently summoned twelve European citizens to answer criminal charges of blasphemy and inciting hatred.
Among those sought by the court is Geert Wilders, the Dutch liberal politician who made the anti-Islamist film, Fitna. Released last March, the Dutch MP’s production caused an uproar in Islamic countries, since it equated Islam with violence. Now a Middle Eastern court would like to prosecute Wilders for the “crime.” (Ironically, a Dutch court dropped charges against him for inciting hatred against Muslims with his film the day before the Jordanian court issued its subpoena.)
The Jordanian court’s move is only the most ambitious attempt to silence debate about Islam. Until now, the preferred strategy has been to file civil lawsuits in western courts to intimidate critics. The latest version of what may be called the legal jihad is even more disturbing.
In one subpoena, issued in early June, the Jordanian court ordered ten Danish newspaper editors to travel to Jordan for the “crime” of having republished the “Mohammad cartoons” last February. The cartoons, first published in 2005, were also greeted with disturbances in Muslim lands. Seventeen Danish newspapers republished the controversial cartoons as a response to the discovery of an Islamist plot to murder Kurt Westergaard. Westergaard, a caricaturist, drew the most famous of those cartoons in the form of Mohammad wearing a bomb-shaped turban, for which he is also included in the summons.
This new campaign of intimidation against the West is being mounted by a Jordanian organization calling itself “Messenger of Allah Unite Us”, which is made up of “… media outlets, professional associations, parliamentarians and thousands of volunteers.” This organization, according to one account, arose as a “civilized response” to the Mohammad cartoons’ republication in 17 Danish papers last winter, after which it took the matter to a Jordanian court and successfully had charges pressed against the Danes, and later against Wilders.
These Arab Muslims should be given the boot to the seat of their pants and sent packing if they try dictating ultimatoms to the West. Remember folks, the west has more power to dictate terms to its own companies if they start to cow tow to Islamist dictates. If we start to boycott our own companies, the loss would be greater than what could be felt from abroad. The sword cuts both ways, but its more sharp on our side.
What is also a worrisome trend is the gradual unversally accepted practice of allowing other countries to try foreign nationals, as the Baron states:
“for crimes committed neither within, nor against the citizens of the countries charging them. The effort to extradite General Pinochet was the defining moment of this trend, and Belgium has made a parlor game out of indicting virtually any American military or political figure who violates the PC European sense of moral rectitude.The process began with the hunt for war criminals and has devolved to the inane and trivial process that we know today. Now it’s time for the post-modern children of Europe to be hoist with their own politically correct petard.
After all, how can the authorities fail to turn over Geert Wilders? He has violated the human rights of Muslims, as laid out in the Cairo Declaration of Human Rights, which has been officially recognized by the United Nations. The Netherlands has the choice of repudiating the pernicious multicultural doctrine which it has so lovingly constructed over the last four decades, or giving up Geert Wilders to the tender mercies of Jordanian jurisprudence.What do you think the Dutch authorities will decide to do? Discard multicultural orthodoxy, or rid themselves of this troublesome blond?Anyone want to take bets on that?”
Read more about it at the GOV. *L* KGS