A year ago on September 11, Ishaan Tharoor stood on the site of Ground Zero amid hundreds of people many of them shouting obscenities against Muslims and the religion of Islam. He never did make an accurate count; but there must have been hundreds so one will have to take him at his word. Now Ishaan is a very sensitive man, a Yale graduate class of ‘06, cultured and all that.

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Ishaan Tharoor

He’s from India and was raised in New York. He’s not some Jed Clampett. It cut him to the quick—things like that just didn’t happen in Lord Bullmoose’s Inja.

The obscenity shouters had gathered to protest the construction of a ‘nearby’ Muslim-run interfaith community center. They had been calling the proposed center, the Ground Zero Mosque. What a hideous appellation!

Muslim interfaith centers are very popular around the world. In fact, just the other day, Nihad Awad, executive director of CAIR (Council of American-Islamic Relations) appeared by phone with the head of Jordan’s Muslim Brotherhood to decry the violence of rightwing extremists like Anders Breivik in Norway. Ahwad was showcased on Al-Quds TV direct from Lebanon.

Lebanon? Hasn’t discrimination against Maronite Christians been on the increase in Lebanon? Sure, a church was bombed just the other day. Of course, the violence against Christians in Lebanon is nowhere near what it is against the Copts in Egypt or the Assyrians in Iraq or the Baha’i in Iran.

And take a look around the Mediterranean. It’s positively scary. The Muslim theocracy in Kosovo that seized power during Bill Clinton’s Balkans Initiative has driven tens of thousands of Christians from the land of their birth. Churches have been burned; women have been raped; fruitful farms have been turned into wasteland. In Egypt, Jihadists, full of the ardor of Allah, murder Coptic Christians in front of their houses of worship. Christians are executed every day in Somalia for no other crime than for being Christian. Islam has metastasized in that sad country.

In Central Sulawesi, Indonesia, Jemaah Islamiyah beheaded three Christian schoolgirls just to cause trouble. And it doesn’t get much better for non-Muslins in the rest of the Islamic world—or in parts of the world where Muslims come in daily contact with infidels, dhimmis and Kuffars.

But Ishaan is not much concerned with this. He writes for Time Magazine and his bosses are more concerned with the larger picture: How to get Barack Obama reelected. Ishaan says the anti-Ground Zero Mosque rally was conducted by a pack of Islamophobes. A motley crue, he called them. No, not the Heavy Metal Motley Crue—the protestors were better dressed than Motley ever was and some could speak a passable English though it was doubtful if any on them had attended Yale like Ishaan has.

And horror of horrors, Geert Wilders was there to address these slack-jawed beady-eyed trogs! As was expected the Islamophobes hung on his every word as he “denounced the arrival of a ‘new Mecca’ on the shores of what was once New Amsterdam.”

Apparently Ishaan sees nothing wrong with Islam or its treatment of women. Didn’t President Obama say a woman should have a right to wear a burqa? Yes, he did. He did not say a woman has a right not to wear a burqa.

What does the Book say? It is not encouraging. “They are like domestic animals and possess nothing themselves,” says Tabari IX:113. “Allah had made the enjoyment of their bodies lawful in his Qur’an.” (Allah also made them stupid even though he had created Eve intelligent. But because Eve made the tree bleed, He afflicted her with the menses, so all the women of this world menstruate and are stupid)

When Ayaan Hirsi Ali, as good a Dutchwoman as ever existed, contested this ridiculous theological fantasy and collaborated with Theo van Gogh to expose the hypocrisy in a short 11-minute film called Submission, van Gogh was murdered and Hirsi Ali was forced to leave ‘new Mecca.’ It is a sad story.

The number of Dutch women raped by Muslim immigrants to ‘new Mecca’ far exceeds the number of women despoiled by Hitler’s Nazis during the long dark days of World War II.  Rape is not only on the increase in the Netherlands but in all of the Scandinavian countries. It has reached epidemic proportions. It has doubled; it has tripled; it has quadrupled. The rise is due almost entirely to increases in the Muslim populations of these unfortunate countries. And what is Islam’s answer?

Mostafa Chendid of the Danish Islamic Society says, “All women should wear a veil.” Yes, all women—not just Fatima and Aisha but Helga and Brunhilda and Wilhemina and, yes, Little Annie Fanny, too. Now Chendid is a smart man. He didn’t matriculate at Yale like Ishaan, but he knows his Math. Five to ten percent of all men cannot control themselves when they see a woman without a veil, he says.

That is deucedly odd. Lars and Knute and Christian have managed to contain their sexual desires and rape has been on the decline in Scandinavia for many years. Violent rape has almost disappeared. Obviously, far less than five percent of the Scandinavian men had been participating in this common Muslim activity.

And just look at Potsy and Ralph Malph—they spent their adolescent years surrounded by hotties at Al’s Diner and never lost their cool. Certainly Muslim men are the equal of Potsy and Ralph Malph. Okay, maybe of Ralph but not of Potsy.

Maybe it’s something Muslim men read in the Qur’an; maybe it’s the enjoyment clause (see Tabari above); maybe it’s in the oft-forgiving clause. (Qur’an 24:34) “Force not your slave girls to whoredom if they desire chastity, that you may seek enjoyment of this life. But if anyone forces them, then after such compulsion, Allah is oft-forgiving.”

And there’s that old standby, Qur’an 33:51: “You may have whomever you desire; there is no blame.

And Qur’an 3:56: “As for those disbelieving infidels, I will punish them with a terrible agony in this world and the next. (The Swedes, the Danes, the Dutch—even the Americans) They have no one to help or save them.

And finally, Qur’an 4:23: “Prohibited to you are: your mothers, daughters, sisters…also (prohibited are) women already married, except slaves who are already captive.” In Dar al-Islam, all non-Muslims are little more than slaves; and in Dar al-Harb, the non-Muslims—the dhimmis, the Kuffars and the infidels—are not entitled to the protection of Islam.

When Muhammad loosened his barbarian horde upon the world, he gave them domain over women and non-Muslims. He was the first fascist. He fractured the social fabric of what had bound his primitive world together and created the Muslim family—the burqa, the hijab, the total submission of women to men. And he covered it with a placid mind-numbing exterior that masked the balance of terror that lurked underneath—beatings and honor killings for those who failed to live up to expectations or had violated the Prophet’s sense of propriety. It was, to borrow an oft-used Qur’anic phrase, Islam’s eternal doom.

But all Ishaan heard at the site of the future Ground Zero Mosque was the obscenities shouted by those, who would harm Islam. He is not interested in what he calls Islam’s collective pathologies—it is the Breiviks and the Jared Loughners that terrify him. Why shouldn’t they, he says, “also be held to account for—or compelled to refudiate—the terrors incubated by their own ideology? Yes, why?

A bomb exploded today, August 12, in a largely Christian neighborhood in a Beirut suburb, killing two men and an innocent bystander. The men were handling an explosive device when it went ka-boom. No one will ever know what they intended.

A fully veiled woman was kidnapped yesterday, August 11, while out buying potatoes in Giza, Egypt. She was taken to an apartment and gang-raped. Her veil had availed her naught. With millions of Muslim men visiting Internet cafes to view pornography and with few Muslim women available is it no wonder rape is a daily occurrence in Islamic countries? And pity the poor non-Muslim woman. Ishaan doesn’t.

One could go on and on, but let’s conclude by saying that Brievik and Loughner and Timothy McVeight did not shout “Jesus save” when they committed their terrible crimes. Nidal Malik Hasan shouted “Allahu akbar” as do Islamic militants and mobs worldwide when they engage in violent acts.

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