Geert Wilders and Ayatollah Khalaji: prosecuted for speaking the truth?
In the post, Caliphate in waiting, the Baron has once again put his message out. A message that we should all see. For me, it is difficult to follow the inverted logic and tireless work of Islamists as they go about silencing "criticism" of Islam.
"Iran's Ministry of Intelligence arrested Ayatollah Khalaji at this home in the holy city of Qom."" The officials do not give any explanation for why they took him and why they did this," the younger M. Khalaji said in an interview with The Washington Times. "We do not know exactly where he is. We were informed by the special court of Clerics that he was taken to Tehran, but we don't know what to believe." The arrest of Ayatollah Khalaji highlights two trends in Iran as the country's political crisis goes into its seventh month. The regime may now be going after the families of outspoken Iranian Americans (I would prefer Americans of Iranian descent but that's me. Pick a country.) still living in Iran as an intimidation tactic." Mr. Khalaji, who is a visiting fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, has been outspoken in his criticism of the Iranian regime since the supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, summarily declared Mahmoud Ahmadinejad the winner of the June 12 presidential election." (Just for fun, remind me that Islam is NOT a political ideology...dressed in religious more like Bedouin robes.) The arrest of Ayatollah Khalaji also highlights a new campaign against clerics inside the Islamic Republic who have been critical of the state's crackdown on the opposition green movement. (Let me hear it now, in unision - Islam is a religion NOT a political ideology that takes political prisoners.) Ayatollah Khalaji is a disciple of Ayatollah Hussein Ali Montazeri, who spent the last years of his life as a harsh critic of the regime and lived most of those years in Qom under house arrest. Ayatollah Montazeri died in December and many of his followers were arrested in the aftermath of the funeral, which also became a rallying point for the opposition. Another cleric who has been arrested recently is Emad Baghi, who was arrested at Ayatollah Montazeri's funeral." "Mr. Khalaji said he decided to take his case to the media after all options in Iran to appeal the arrest have dried up. "They deprive them from hiring a lawyer and usually a lawyer does not work for political prisoners," he said. "We have no choice but to take this to others." Mr. Khalaji's extended family, including his estranged daughter, was scheduled to visit him. But Mr. Khalaji said their passports and even birth certificates were confiscated by the state authorities. He said he also received anonymous e-mails that urged him to "save himself from his shame" for betraying Islam."
It is impossible to win within the framework of the "exporting democracy and freedom" paradigm. We need an entirely new paradigm which says that Islam has no place in any European or Western country and should be forcibly expelled if necessary. Only then can we prevail.Fjordman is correct and so was the founding father who wrote about freedom of religion something to effect that we have freedom of religion as long as the wolf dressed in sheep's clothing calling itself a religion DOES NOT threaten the very existence of our democratic REPUBLIC. Islam needs a reformation but not on our shores, not in Western nations but in the bed of the troubles - within the Islamic Republics themselves. Followers of Islam living in America need to consider that perhaps they need to return to their Islamic nations and fight their battles there instead of - through silent voices - allowing the slow, insidious creep of Islamic law to bring rot and decay to our Republic and the last remnants of freedom in the West. Our very way of life is being threatened and it is being eroded from under us like ants taking away the bricks and mortar one tiny piece at a time. Seen any piggy banks lately? I do not mean to infer that the prosecution of the Honorable Geert Wilders is like the arrest of the Ayatollah Khalaji. It is not. Khalaji knows he is not free in Iran to voice any opinion nor are his relatives in America. Why are they here exactly when they cannot win their "battle" for freedom from an oppressive regime here? The Honorable Geert Wilders had the presumption of freedom of speech in Holland and when he tried to speak to the British Parliament. But then Prince Charles does seem to like his turbans and robes...or so it seems. While many folks who practice Islam in America are undoubtedly here for the freedom this nation and its laws afford, they may want to consider how they can most effectively fight the theocracies of Islamic Republics. As Edmund Burke said more or less, all it takes for evil to succeed is for good men to do nothing. Bottom line - the West will be forced to fight for its democratic republics and its freedoms or watch those freedoms sift through the hourglass of time right through our fingers. We are not winning the "war against terrorism" because we do not have the courage to do what needs to be done and that is meet those who would erode our laws head on. Like the "Flying Imams" and their planned behavior, one day the West will have no choice but to defend itself against a relentless enemy - radical Islam. We won't be given a choice; we'll be pushed. It is their "self-fulling prophecy"; their drive for world domination that will drive us into defending ourselves or see our freedoms lost forever...
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