Malaysia’s PM Comments Prove Western Fears True

February 10, 2006, 10:51 am


By Andrew L. Jaffee

Abdullah Badawi, Malaysia’s prime minister, “says a huge chasm has opened between the West and Islam, fuelled by Muslim frustrations over Western foreign policy,” according to the BBC, in a story about the Mohammed caricatures. The Beeb claims that Abdullah is “promoting a moderate form of Islam,” but his anti-democratic actions prove otherwise. Au contraire, Mr. Abdullah, it is your seething, Muslim masses that are the cause of this “chasm.” Again, the BBC:

As he spoke at a conference in Kuala Lumpur, thousands protested outside at Western cartoons of Prophet Muhammad. …

“Long live Islam. Destroy Denmark. Destroy Israel. Destroy George Bush. Destroy America,” protesters shouted as they marched to the Danish embassy in the rain from a nearby mosque.

Abdullah has “shut down indefinitely a Borneo-based paper, the Sarawak Tribune, for reprinting the cartoons” and “declared possession of the cartoons illegal.” Are these the actions of a moderate? Malaysians chanting “Destroy Denmark” — moderate voices?

In today’s Washington Post, Charles Krauthammer reminds us of careless use of the M-word (for “moderate”):

God save us from the voices of reason.

What passes for moderation in the Islamic community — “I share your rage but don’t torch that embassy” — is nothing of the sort. It is simply a cynical way to endorse the goals of the mob without endorsing its means. It is fraudulent because, while pretending to uphold the principle of religious sensitivity, it is interested only in this instance of religious insensitivity.

Have any of these “moderates” ever protested the grotesque caricatures of Christians and, most especially, Jews that are broadcast throughout the Middle East on a daily basis? The sermons on Palestinian TV that refer to Jews as the sons of pigs and monkeys? The Syrian prime-time TV series that shows rabbis slaughtering a gentile boy to ritually consume his blood? The 41-part (!) series on Egyptian TV based on that anti-Semitic czarist forgery (and inspiration of the Nazis), “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion,” showing the Jews to be engaged in a century-old conspiracy to control the world?

A true Muslim moderate is one who protests desecrations of all faiths.

In case you were wondering, and since seeing is believing, here are some examples of the “grotesque caricatures” to which Krauthammer refers (from the ADL and

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Daniel Pipes aptly points out:

…will Westerners accede to a double standard by which Muslims are free to insult Judaism, Christianity, Hinduism, and Buddhism, while Muhammad, Islam, and Muslims enjoy immunity from insults? Muslims routinely publish cartoons far more offensive than the Danish ones. Are they entitled to dish it out while being insulated from similar indignities?

What is not frightening is a “Western foreign policy” that is working. What is frightening is to realize that many Muslims do not even know what the letter of the term, “freedom of expression,” means, let alone the spirit. All this violence because a Danish newspaper published caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed. Islamists murder 30,000 Iraqi civilians, and the Muslim world is silent.

The Muslim silence over true atrocities speaks volumes to the current state of their culture. It is the better person/society that can sit at ease as symbols are burned or defamed. It is the primitive person/society that lashes out with anger in such situations.

Those who are burning embassies or killing civilians in terrorist acts have no true convictions. Their thinking is dominated by hatred, fear, and anger, the basest of emotions. If they held firm beliefs, they wouldn’t give a hoot about what some newspaper published. If they truly believed in Mohammed’s teachings, with true faith, there wouldn’t have been a 9/11.

People who worry solely about “cultural sensitivities” are missing the point. German fascists, and Russian and Chinese communists, killed 100 million people in the last century. Do we bury this history for fear of offending the current generation of Germans, Russians, and Chinese? Will this history cause irreparable damage to their “self-esteem?”

In the current century, it is radical Muslims (“Islamists”) who are carrying out the atrocities to end all atrocities, and who are justifying the means towards an end — that end being the destruction of Western civilization and forceful imposition of a worldwide Islamic caliphate.

What is frightening is that some in the West are helping the Islamo-fascists to succeed:

  • The editor of Jyllands-Posten, the newspaper which first published the cartoons, is sent on leave for an indefinite period, as the editor of a Norwegian magazine that reprinted them apologises
  • A Swedish internet service provider shuts down the website of a right-wing anti-immigrant party which invited readers to send in cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad

The questions Westerners should be asking themselves are: How do I want to live — under tyranny or freedom? Or do I and my children sacrifice our freedoms all in the interest of “cultural sensitivities?”

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7 Responses to “Malaysia’s PM Comments Prove Western Fears True”

  1. chai hok Says:

    I am a ethinically a Chinese, a citizen of Malaysian, and a non-Muslim in religion. I read your comments about my PM Badawi’s comment about the huge chasm that has opened up between the West and the Islamic whatever. Your comments demonstrates the moral blindness that you Westerners are so oblivious to. If you had read his speech clearly and have done your homework trying to understand the socio-political milieu he has to work with, you would not have made the idiotic comments you did. Badawi represents one of the best opportunities there has ever been for a long time for peace and understanding to grow with the “clashing civilizations” (to borrow a idiom from Huntington). So, please do your homework, think, before you speak.

  2. publisher Says:

    There is no excuse for intolerance. By placating the angry Muslims, Abdullah is only postponing an inevitable explosion in Malaysia. So what if Malaysia is a post-colonial mélange of cultures? “socio-political milieu” is politically correct psycho-babble with no meaning — just another sanitization for intolerant terrorists.

    If you want to give up your political freedoms, fine. But we’re not going to give up our freedoms because your country has seething, angry hoards.

  3. Peace-seeker Says:

    Protest over Danish cartoons are committed by people who may have never seen the original cartoons. They protest foolishly from the words of the religious leaders. You can read in the internet that the Danish Muslims leaders and imams are betrayal of their country and instigated the Muslims in Arab countries with 3 fake cartoons. (Reference: The Brussel Journal

    The West and Islam are divided – they are unequal in values. The West demands freedom of speech and expression. Islam demands submission to Allah and abiding the Islamic laws. Muslims professing Islam has no freedom to leave their faith or he/she will be killed or murdered. The West desires liberty of human rights and freedom of expression. Both the West and Islam can never reconcile.

    Western values are different from Islam. Muslims desire all including non-believers to submit to Muslims taboo and tradition. Sadly, there is no verse in the Quran and Hadith that explicitly bans the drawings, cartoons or sketches of the Prophet. The traditional writing in Hadith which says “Angels do not enter a house in which there is a picture or a dog” (i.e., Islamic law) does not implies the picture of the Prophet is forbidden as it can lead to idolatry. It may mean a picture of a dog.

    Now, kissing the Black Stone during Haji is also an idolatry because the focus of worship or veneration is not Allah but the image in the form of the Black Stone. So, that is a hypocrisy to protest over the Danish cartoons.

    But one should not provoke another person’s faith. The 12 caricutures speaks for non-Muslims that it is their perception about the teachings of Islam. Muslims who cannot accept it should bear with it as one can see in the news that violence protest, burning the flags, efiggy, torching churches and beheading or killing Christians are acts of terror well depicted by a person in the cartoon with turban shaped like a fused bomb. If Islam wants the West to follow their faith or teachings, stop all kinds of violence, beheading, kidnapping, burning flags and oppression in Muslims dominated countries all done in the name of Allah. Remember, Muslims cannot force non-Muslims to obey or submit to their teachings. God forbids.

    Muslims have no rights to force the West (non-Muslims) to give up freedom of expression and submit to their faith. The West will never submit to Allah (Muslim God) and obey their traditional belief. No way that the West will submit to the laws of Islam. The West will never be humiliated and bow to Islam in submission!

  4. Lim Yung Keng Says:

    Do your Homework. Read the Malaysian PM’s speech again and try to understand. I am a Malaysian. A non-muslim. This PM is the most unbiased of all that i have seen. Come and live here. You will understand what i mean here. Your idiotic comment is way way too far from the reality in Malaysia. And it is exactly your stupidity that is influencing a lot of people in the world who has only seen Malaysia through newspaper like yours. Please! I agree with the criticisms against the extremists, of whatever faiths they may be, but i am afraid the same criticisms are “directable” to you.

  5. publisher Says:

    [Abdullah has “shut down indefinitely a Borneo-based paper, the Sarawak Tribune, for reprinting the cartoons” and “declared possession of the cartoons illegal.”]

    This is democracy?

  6. Lim Yung Keng Says:

    To the “publisher”. Democracy in Malaysia is NOT and will NEVER be ABSOLUTE. Not even in USA, the so-called land of the free. You want democracy & doubt ours, come here first. Then you ask the question again! I challenge you, DO IT!

    You will amazed here.

  7. publisher Says:

    One intrinsic mark of a democracy is the ability to tolerate criticism, and have a free and open discourse, so people can make decisions for themselves. My article criticized the decisions of one man, Malaysia’s PM, and some Muslim extremists, not all Malaysians. If you read this site’s articles, you’ll see criticism of our own president, as well as support, as well as other viewpoints. That is just common sense. I have no doubt that Malaysia has an amazing culture.

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