- The Washington Times - Sunday, June 5, 2005

The real desecration of Islam

Two excellent columns by Michelle Malkin and R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr. (“Guantanamo Fog … and Fantasy,” Commentary, Friday), describe in great and credible detail what does and does not happen at Guantanamo with respect to treatment of the Koran.While they convincingly demolish claims and rumors of “desecration,” neither they nor other Times columnists have yet identified the actual desecrators of Islam’s holy book and described the full extent of their hate-based and violent apostasy against the “peaceful, compassionate, merciful and just” Allah who is repeatedly so described by the Koran — namely, Osama bin Laden and his pseudo-Islamic evildoers.

Even as these suicide mass-murderers demand that the book itself be handled with a reverence that hints of (forbidden) idolatry, these apostates relentlessly ignore and violate many of the Koran’s clear prohibitions against such sinful criminality as:

• Wanton killing of innocents and noncombatants, including peaceful Muslims

• Decapitating the living and desecrating the dead bodies of imagined enemies

• Committing and enticing others to commit suicide for reasons of intimidation

• Fomenting hatred among communities, nations, religions and civilizations

• Ruthless warring against many nations in which Islam is freely practiced

• Issuing and inspiring unauthorized and un-Islamic fatwas (religious edicts)

• Using some mosques as battle stations and others as targets for destruction

• Forcing absolutist versions (and perversions) of Islam on Muslims and others, when the Koran says that there shall be “no compulsion in religion.”

• Distorting the word “infidels” to include all Christians, all Jews and many faithful Muslims — when, in fact, the Koran calls them all “Children of the Book” (the Old Testament) and “sons of Abraham,” and when Muhammad even identifies Jesus as one of Islam’s five major prophets

• Deliberate and blasphemous misreading, ignoring and perverting many passages of the Koran and Islamic jurisprudence (the Fiqh)

The largely ignored March 11, 2005, fatwa by some 40 Muslim clerics in Spain had it right when, in light of such mortal sins and heinous crimes as these, it sharply condemned Osama bin Laden as an “apostate” and an “infidel” and as guilty of “istihlal” — the arrogant sin of concocting his own self-serving perversion of Islamic law, or Sharia.

Clearly, the most effective response to rumors and false allegations of desecration is a detailed, truthful and repeated reportage and commentary about the al Qaeda apostasy and its actual, multiple desecrations of the Koran in the preposterous name of so-called “jihadi martyrdom.”

JIM GUIRARD

TrueSpeak Institute

Alexandria

What the EU votes mean for Turkey

David Sand’s thoughtful analysis in his article “EU constitution nears meltdown,” Page 1, Thursday), misses one message the voters sent. The no votes in the Dutch and French referendums send a clear message to Turkey that its chances for EU membership are slim to none. Even considering Turkey as a European country is odd because less than 3 percent of Turkey lies in Europe. As a comparison, the total area of all the Vatican’s nunciates or embassies in NAFTA countries is significantly more than 3 percent of Vatican City. Despite the Vatican’s sharing a similar culture with NAFTA countries, no one seriously considers Vatican City a candidate for NAFTA.

ARUN KHANNA

College of Business Administration

Butler University

Indianapolis

High costs of cheaper labor

It’s not hard to understand the sleight of hand that Chesapeake Bay-area businesses and other employers who hire (often illegal) immigrant labor are using (“Bay firms depend on foreign workers,” Page 1, Wednesday). They pay their foreign workers wages Americans cannot afford to live on, pocket the difference, and seek to justify their actions by claiming “American workers simply are not available.”

Meanwhile, the real economic cost of that labor in this high-cost country is paid by middle-class taxpayers in the form of Medicaid, public hospitals, food stamps, subsidized housing, free school lunches, social services and myriad other big-governmenttransfer schemes.

The moral: There is a free lunch if you can get someone else to pay for it.

K.C. MCALPIN

Falls Church

Democrats and middle-class whites

As a Democrat, I certainly agree with the Democratic advocacy group Third Way that our party has a problem with the white middle class (“Loss of middle class a ‘crisis’ for Democrats,” Page 1, Wednesday). Nevertheless, I do not think the problem has been caused by rising prosperity.

In 1979, the average hourly wage for a male high-school graduate was $16.32 in 2003 dollars. In 2003, the average wage was $15.07. In 1972, the median annual earning for male college graduates aged 25 to 34 was $52,087 in 2002 dollars. In 2002 it was $48,955. While this has happened, average working hours have increased, job security has decreased, and benefits have been cut back.

Since 1964, the Democrats have lost white middle-class and working-class voters because of Democratic stands on social issues as Republican economic policies have contributed to the pauperization of those same voters.

The Democrats need to stress economic issues while abandoning support for Roe vs. Wade, affirmative action and unlimited immigration. Liberal Democrats who become upset by a move to the right on social issues will not start voting Republican. They will either vote Green or they will stop voting. For each vote the Democrats lose, they likely will pick up several white middle-class and working-class votes.

JOHN ENGELMAN

Wilmington, Del.

‘Intimidation’ by AIPAC

I am puzzled by the UPI column “Leaving well enough alone” (The Washington Times Web site link, Tuesday), in which Arnaud de Borchgrave indicates that nothing can be done about the intimidation of American officials by a foreign government’s lobby. He’s referring to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.

Our own reading of the American public today is that they are quite aware of this overwhelming influence, which helped get us into the Iraq war and has for decades been the primary reason for Muslims to turn to terror as a last resort.

He also errs in saying that Hamas and Hezbollah have been supported by the Council for the National Interest Foundation. What we have suggested is that radical political groups with a fairly wide political base should be encouraged to join the governments, whether it be in Palestine or in Lebanon.

The CNI Foundation has been working for an objective and centrist, not leftist, policy toward Israel, one that puts America first in the Middle East.

During the time that Abdulrahman Alamoudi was on the board, he was invited twice by the Department of State to represent American Muslims in speeches across the Arab world. He was given a letter of commendation for his work.

Far from “leaving well enough alone,” our 5,000 supporters across the country believe we must confront the lobby and all of its many organizations that are seeking to shut down debate. We cannot in all conscience leave well enough alone.

EUGENE BIRD

President

Council for the National Interest

Washington


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