August 18, 2006

Dishing Out 

Via Kevin, I found a piece written by some Spaniard apparently:
I walked down the street in Barcelona, and suddenly discovered a terrible truth - Europe died in Auschwitz.

We killed six million Jews and replaced them with 20 million Muslims. In Auschwitz we burned a culture, thought, creativity, talent. We destroyed the chosen people, truly chosen, because they produced great and wonderful people who changed the world.

The contribution of this people is felt in all areas of life: science, art international trade, and above all, as the conscience of the world. These are the people we burned.

And under the pretense of tolerance, and because we wanted to prove to ourselves that we were cured of the disease of racism, we opened our gates to 20 million Muslims, who brought us stupidity and ignorance, religious extremism and lack of tolerance, crime and poverty due to an unwillingness to work and support their families with pride.[...]
Well, I have some comments to this piece that won't make me more popular in certain quarters. But I'm not here to score popularity points.

First, We who the hell? Those people who made their abominant decisions well before even my parents were born and now are mostly dead? Those people who held and hold beliefs totally at odds with mine? It's them for me, not we.

Second, I don't buy in the whole argument of Jews as the chosen people. It's not about the Jews themselves; I think that god, if he exists, does nothing like chosing people as his favourite ones. Likewise for the "conscience of the world": such thing does simply not exist in my view. Oh yes, a lot of great scientists were and are Jews, and they in general are good, hard working and productive people. Generalizing again, better than other groups (but hey, did you know that Karl Marx was a Jew too?).

The point here is that I don't need to self-flagellate in front of any ethnic group to demonstrate anything. Get it?
And if you intend my statement as anti-semitism, it's your problem, not mine.

Given that I'm in the mood for dishing out, here's more. This comes from Gates of Vienna, via some comment at Protein Wisdom:
Although surrounded by hostility on all sides — African Barbaristans to the South and Dhimmi-nations to the East (Italy), North (France) and West (El-Andalus) — Corsica is Muslim-free territory, even today (Please don’t tell the EU).
Yeah, Italy. Maybe the so-knowledgeable author of this piece should be aware that Italy was proclaimed an unitary kindgom only in 1861 (the process was completed in 1870 when the Kingdom used military force to explain the Pope that yes, his State was past its expiration date). During most of the time the Corsicans (and Sardinians) spent defending against the Muslim raiders, Italy was only a geographical entity, made up of a number of small states squabbling and fighting all the time. Some of these states came to terms with the pirates; other actively fought them (Pisa, Venice, anyone?) and those which could did not care. And maybe the author could benefit from revising the whole intentions and capabilities issue; it existed even before Clausewitz, you know.

Another big problem with this sort of approach is that it turns dhimmi into an epitheth meaning "anyone not being fierce enough against the Muslims, in my opinion". In this way, the term loses its descriptive value.

Finally, an Italian blogger talks about a Moroccan honour killing occurred in Corsica of all places (news story here, too).


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