Silence is Consent

Today’s Los Angeles Times contains a prescient commentary by Tim Rutten on the malevolent address delivered before the General Assembly of the United Nations this past week by Iranian President and radical FascIslamist Ahmad Ahmadinejad, the substance of which has been utterly ignored by the popular American press.

The entirety of Rutten’s brief article is well worth reading, but his closing paragraphs are those to which we should carefully attend. He quotes a comment forwarded by Ahmadinejad in 2005, then continues:

“‘Israel must be wiped off the map. … The establishment of a Zionist regime was a move by the world oppressor against the Islamic world.’

“By ‘world oppressor,’ Ahmadinejad means the United States. He happens to belong to a Shiite sect that believes it can hasten the coming of the Mahdi, the Islamic savior, by the creation of chaos in the world. And like his brethren among the Sunni jihadists, he means what he says.

“Mary Halbeck, one of the West’s foremost scholars of jihadism and its religious origins, describes Islamist extremists as ‘committed to the destruction of the entire secular world because they believe this is a necessary first step to create an Islamic utopia on Earth.’ Their ‘view of the enemies of Islam means that their depiction in the Koran and hadith [commentaries on the Koran] is valid today in every detail. The Jews in particular have specific negative characteristics. … They are notorious for their betrayal and treachery; they have incurred God’s curse and wrath; they were changed into monkeys and pigs.’

“This is what the men who brought the hell of 9/11 to America believed. This is what Ahmadinejad believes and what he simply awaits the opportunity to act on.

“When the delegates to the U.N. General Assembly applauded Ahmadinejad’s speech last week, and the American media passed over it in silence, this is the sentiment to which they gave their respective explicit and tacit approval.

Shame on them; shame on us.”

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