February 10, 2006

Huh. Wow.

So, there's this guy. He heads up a little known organization called Hezbollah. Hezbollah is known for its charitable worldwide work, most notably their sustained effort to provide beach transportation for Israeli Jews. Or, as they like to say it: "drive them into the sea."

Anyhoo, Nasrallah recently gave his opinion about the swirling controversy over the Muhammad cartoon story that's become an international dance sensation. So, what do you think? Do you think Nasrallah liked those cartoons?

Short answer: no.

Long answer:

"Today, we are defending the dignity of our prophet with a word, a demonstration but let Bush and the arrogant world know that if we have to, we will defend our prophet with our blood, not our voices."

Okay, well, that's pretty much your standard boilerplate angry Islamic fundamentalist rant. So that wasn't the part that made my antennae twitch. That came later:

"We want European parliaments to draft laws that ban newspapers from insulting the Prophet. If they don't do this, it means they intend to go on insulting our beliefs," he said.

WHA?! Laws. Banning. newspapers. From. Insulting. The Prophet. He actually said that. And meant it.

Silly Nasrallah, don't you know that newspapers already voluntarily ban themselves? They're one step ahead of you dude.

Posted by Ryan at February 10, 2006 03:14 PM | TrackBack

I was perusing this post over at Daily Kos (I know, I know, but in this instance you might find it salient), and it's got me wondering: Why is our country so buddy-buddy with Saudi Arabia when they are so heavily involved in stoking this kind of extremist anti-Western hysteria?

It's puzzling.

Posted by: flamingbanjo at February 10, 2006 05:28 PM

Oil obviously comes to mind.

Posted by: Ryan at February 10, 2006 08:06 PM
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