Friday, February 29, 2008

Is Poneke about to undertake a journey of discovery like I did?

After posting about the Saudi Blogger Faoud al-Farhan and pressing our own government to speak up for him, once again Wellington-based blogger Poneke turns his attention to Saudi Arabia with a fine piece on the Commission for the Protection of Virtue and Prevention of Vice and its role in the arrest of a University professor.
"Like other Western nations, New Zealand sucks up to the Saudi regime because of its oil, but our embassy in Riyadh does take an interest in the appalling human rights abuses there, as mentioned in my articles on the detained Saudi blogger Fouad al-Farhan and the teenage rape victim who was going to be flogged until international uproar prompted a royal pardon," he writes.

Now, "Our Friends the Saudis", is a regular series of articles featured on Little Green Footballs, typically detailing some outrage committed by the Islamic kingdom. A few days ago, 57 Saudi men were arrested for 'flirting' at women in a shopping mall.
Central to such stupidities is the Commission that Poneke refers to , along with the muttuwa or religious police, to see that Saudi Arabia's brand of Islamic modesty is adhered to.
For 'Islamo-realists' like me, such barbaric practices have become common blog fodder with a whole raft of blogs exposing the evils perpetrated by followers of the Islamic faith.
Much material can be found on blogs such as Little Green Footballs, Gates of Vienna, The Brussels Journal, Western Resistance and, of course, the Religion of Peace.
More locally, reports of Islamic excesses will also be found on Crusader Rabbit, The Midnight Sun, Not PC and of course, No Minister.
It is not a case of being 'Islamo-phobic' but seeing the realities of a religion often sucked up by government. It's not just a matter of governments kow towing to oil rich Saudi Arabia but also the Islamists in New Zealand, Britain, the rest of Western Europe, Australia, the US and elsewhere.
On my last visit to Britain over Christmas, I was struck by the growing number of Islamic issues raised in the media, so many that even the leftist BBC could not ignore or downplay them. There were barbaric tales of honour killings, muslims beating up Polish immigrants for 'taking' their jobs, no-go areas for non-muslims, etc, etc, some of which I blogged about.
More recently, there has been controversy over the Archbishop of Canterbury calling for some recognition of Islamic law within British law, the UK government covering up budget blow-outs by resorting to Islamic banking methods and more terrorists being found training in the countryside.
Muslims currently make up two million or three percent of the UK population, but already they have much sway in political life and the attention of the media and establishment. How much attention might this be if Muslims made up ten per cent like in France, or more? New Zealand had at the last census 40,000 muslims, equivalent to one per cent of the population, but their numbers grow exponentially through immigration and their large families.
Now, one theme of Islamism, which reports show is becoming more radical with each generation, is the subjugation of women. Here we have Reuters reporting a 'hijab problem' - women being arrested for opposing Islamic dress codes. And to learn more about them, and the role of women in Islamic societies, then turn to the Koran, as outlined here.
Saudi Arabia, with its oil riches, its extremist wahabbist faith, which it exports to Europe, the US and New Zealand, is the lair of the Islamic beast.
I welcome Poneke's growing interest in the affairs of that country, something he seems extremely knowledgeable about already; and I hope it leads to a similar journey of discovery to what I have undergone concerning the world's fastest growing, yet most evil and barbaric religion.
If we are not careful, Poneke will have more to worry about the lack of role models for his daughters in a post-Clark New Zealand, but rather several decades from now, whether they will have any rights at all.


Anonymous said...

I hope you draw a distinction FFM between the tenets of the religion as you understand them, and the people who practice it. I also hope that you're open to the possibility that your current interpretation of those tenets may be wrong.


Aurora said...

Fairfacts, thanks for this reminder on the Saudi blogger. I can only imagine what his detention must be like if they're preventing his family from seeing him. Poor guy. Yes, we need to keep up the pressure. Planning to link to you tonight.