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in response to reader comment: Play Wafa Sultan at the start!! Great idea???

Submitted by Archimedes2 (Canada), Feb 5, 2007 at 11:54

The Wafa Sultan video is an idea, but a long prelude of flute music http://talkislam.wordpress.com/2006/04/27/40-ahaadith-on-music/ may accomplish the same thing in a less inflammatory manner.

Mr. Pipes has such a disarming demeanor, I wonder how the walkout gang would respond if he graciously welcomed them at the beginning of his talk, and mentioned in advance that it was his understanding that a group of local islamists had generously given of their time to attend the event in order to give a live demonstration of his point #3 (the tactics for "slow jihad" in North America, or any number of other points might do), thanking them for helping out in this way ...

of course, one has to wonder to what extent even acknowledging their presence makes them feel validated. I was struck by the significance of the following comment at the "outside rally": "Our weapon, our jihad, our way of struggling in this country is with our tongues. We speak out, and we deflate their morale, and this is the best we can do right now. And our brothers and sisters on the other side of the world, they're handling business in their own way. May Allah give them strength ..."

Bingo. This unguarded statement of solidarity with the jihadists says it all. These folks are committing "polite Jihad", exactly as outlined in Pipes brilliant articulation of the tactics of Islamism in the west, and they make the obvious connection that they will deny under oath, when speaking to a non-muslim audience: they do not regard themselves as being a separate movement from the violent jihadists -- they are brothers in a common cause, who for "practical" reasons must carry out their jihad in the West in a slightly different fashion ... for now.

Obviously "...this is the best we can do right now." is a declaration that the slow jihad is not as good as the fast one, but that violence is, for the moment, inadvisable.

Daniel, I wasn't at your talk, and I imagine this whole business was slightly off topic, but I don't think you could have planned a more brilliant object lesson to demonstrate the connection between CAIR, MSA, and friends and the people brutally murdering American soldiers overseas, nor of their clear aspirations to import jihad into America in whatever form they deem most likely to achieve success -- the extendion of Dar al Islam into these lands. You almost don't have to say a word.

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