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The jihad of cartoons continues – because Islam can't fatwah the whole free world.

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Submitted by Doc Tater (United States), Feb 28, 2008 at 16:51

We've witnessed the jihad of words, and heard vapid claims that there's nothing but the jihad of inner struggle to achieve spiritual perfection. All too often we've seen the rock'em sock'em jihad of dumb, brutal violence involving such events as the car-bombing of the Beirut Marine Barracks, the boat-bombing of the USS Cole, and the airliner-bombing of the World Trade Center.

Now we're back to addressing the jihad of cartoons.

And now the refined, new "soft jihad".

Some of us recall Osama bin Laden's public proclamation of the fatwah against the Danish Muhammad cartoonists.

It is so very encouraging to see that most of Denmark's newspapers printed Kurt Westergaard's Muhammad cartoon to protest the foiled Muslim terrorist plot to murder him this month, to signal to the Muslim jihadists that their threats and violence cannot suppress freedom of the press and freedom of expression.

But I think the Danish press, and the international press of the entire free world, has been miserably puny and slow to react, and generally cowardly. Worse than that, perhaps, is that they strikingly "got it wrong". They should have known better. Journalists are supposed to be the bright guys whom we rely upon to know what's going on and to inform us of it, but they were incredibly slow to figure this one out.

The Danish press should have known about the intimidating and extorting tactics of jihadists, having seen that story played and replayed all over Europe for years. And they should have known that the only adaptive reaction they could have taken was to flood the streets with newspapers and magazines printing Muhammad cartoons. They should have strained the presses to pump out a sea of Muhammad cartoons at the first hint of a bullying Islamist reaction, for the simple reason that those despicable Islamo-thugs can't fatwah the whole free world at the same time.

Instead, each publisher decided to back off. They were afraid that if they printed Muhammad cartoons their businesses would be bombed, or their families would be attacked, or powerful Saudi market muscle would undermine their businesses, or they'd be tied up in court forever while they exhausted their funds on legal fees and settlements. Of course, the publishers didn't admit they were scared into compliance with sharia, with one or two refreshing exceptions. Instead, they hid behind nice, politically correct noise about not wanting to offend the delicate cross-cultural sensibilities of Muslims. What delicate sensibilities where they referring to? The sensibilities of a bunch of thugs who kidnap free people and cut off their hands and feet on opposite sides, wherever they find them, because those free men and women won't submit to death or slavery?

The publishers all played right into the Islamo-fascist jihad strategy of dividing to conquer, and each one of them made independent decisions to cover their own butts.

What's different now? For one thing, people may have figured out that no matter how much they try to appease these Islamo-thugs, the rabble rousing Muslim clerics are going to find something else to be excruciatingly upset and offended about, and they'll exhort their minions to respond with car-bombings, or suing, or back-room undermining, or shooting a place up, or burning something down, or cutting somebody's head off and broadcasting the decapitation on digital video media.

Maybe the publishers have finally figured out that if they keep to their appeasement strategy they're all going to be out of business anyway, so they might as well start swinging for the fences. If they go down, they'll go down swinging. If they don't fight Islamic jihad by confronting it, they are doomed.

Let's restate that: If we don't fight Islamic jihad by confronting it, we are doomed.

It doesn't matter if it's cartoon jihad, or soft jihad, but it has to be confronted.

There is justification for believing that if everyone who cannot stomach the brutish, primitive stupidity of Islam openly defies it and starts yelling their defiance at the top of their lungs, the resultant roaring protest will overwhelm the Islamo-fascists. Publishers all over the free world should publish Muhammad cartoons every day. There should be contests for the funniest Muhammad cartoons, with handsome rewards. Local small theatre groups should compete to produce the funniest theatrical parodies of Islam, along the lines of The Producers.

Here's what I'm imagining on the stage at the old high school I attended too many decades ago: A chorus line of girls in bikinis and headscarves doing a Rockettes dance step with high, leggy kicks, while an Octet of black-masked mujahids with Kalishnikovs sings, "Springtime for Osama, and dar-Islam" (to the tune of "Springtime for Hitler, and Germany"). On a backdrop stage set made to resemble the mountains of Afghanistan a baggy-pants, gangly bin Laden character climbs around with a walking stick, stumbling and falling, because he's too busy munching on a bag of country-fried pork chops to watch his step, while leading his beloved pet Vietnamese pot-bellied pig "Ayesha" on a leash. At the end of the play, Ayesha turns into a beautiful woman who leaves Osama to marry a handsome young Iranian apostate grad student who has renamed himself "Alvin York", while six harmonizing Ayatollahs sing "I've Got That Old Time Religion" in a rustic country church. Osama grieves his loss but is rescued by a life of surfing, then falls in love with a major hottie from Venice Beach, and they drive off in a new Corvette while an invisible chorus sings, "Like a Rock."

What would happen if everyone in the free world went out and drew a Muhammad cartoon in the street, and on the walls of their houses, and publicly announced that they decline the invitation to accept Islam?

So, here it is. I'll offer my own cartoon of defiance: J . That's it. A cute little "Happy-face Muhammad" cartoon.

They can't fatwah the whole free world at the same time.

Who else will offer a cartoon, or offer any demonstration of refusing to submit, and contribute to a sea of defiance that will drown the global jihad.

If Islam tries to fatwah the entire free world, and reveals the face of their malignant intent, the enraged reaction of an entire free world will annihilate them, and they know it. They can only defeat us by chipping away, a little at a time, because they lack the will and the means to confront an entire free world that is united in open defiance of their despicable, brutish behavior.

If we don't exercise our freedoms, we will lose them.

Submitting....

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