Harry: Oh, dear, Edmund: The Archbishop of Canterbury has met with the most tragic accident! There seems to be some confusion, but I think I’ve fathomed out on how it came about.
Edmund: Yes, I think I’ve got a pretty shrewd idea myself.
Black Adder The Archbishop 1983
Capt Blackadder: I remember Mattingburg’s most famous case, the case of the bloody knife. A man was found next to a murdered body, he had the knife in his hand, thirteen witnesses that seen him stab the victim, when the police arrived he said, “I’m glad I killed the bastard.” Mattingburg not only got him off, but he got him knighted in the New Year’s Honors list, and the relatives of the victim had to pay to have the blood washed out of his jacket.
Blackadder Goes Forth Corporal Punishment 1989
As I was writing yesterday’s piece concerning Communism and the clash between Stacy McCain & Jesse Myerson something about the exchange seemed hauntingly familiar.
You had a young person whose entire experience of reality via the liberal educational/media complex vs an older man experienced in the history of the world and the actual reality of what people have said and done both opining on the same subject Communism.
The youth expresses an idealized version of a philosophy detached from the blood it is soaked in and tags those who would point to the ocean of red with the epitaph McCarthyite! Meanwhile the elder not only details the history of Communism showing the bodies but also notes the declarations of the founds of said philosophy detailing the necessity of those deaths.
The left’s silence in the sanitizing of the philosophy that has spilled more blood than any other in the last 100 years is less confusing if you watched the left’s favorite network, NBC describe Russia’s Soviet Past as
The revolution that birthed one of modern history’s pivotal experiments.
George Orwell, call your office. As he wrote in “Politics and the English Language,” in 1946, such euphemisms are “designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable,” and certainly describing Communism as “one of modern history’s pivotal experiments” fits the bill in spades.
While the attempt to divorce the history, actions and blood of a philosophy and the labeling of any pushback against said attempt as “McCarthyism” (complete with automatic twitter bot) is a rather horrifying offense against reality, it is no surprise to people like Pam Geller & Robert Spencer who have been dealing with this reality for over a decade in the case of Radical Islam.
Pam has painstakingly detailed the repression of free speech under Islam, Islamic violence & terror attempts in the US, Islam’ treatment of religious minorities and through the AFDI/SIOA Pro-Israel Bus Campaign has put her money where her mouth is.
The result of linking to stories like this:
A Somali cabdriver was sentenced Friday to six years in prison for his role in a broader San Diego-based conspiracy to provide material and logistical support to the Islamic terrorist group, al-Shabaab.
Ahmed Nasir Taalil Mohamud from Anaheim was the last of four defendants to be sentenced in connection with the conspiracy that sought to transfer funds to al-Shabaab through a now- defunct hawala or money-transmitting business system in San Diego, the Shidaal Express.
A Minnesota man tried under a cybercrimes law in the United Arab Emirates has been found guilty and sentenced to one year in prison after posting a parody video about youth culture in Dubai.
where are the mass marches of “moderate” Muslims in the country, denouncing the sharia and its vicious blasphemy laws?
Where is the big, brash left in America? Where are Colbert and Stewart? Penn and Belafonte? And the feeble campaigns that I have seen make no mention of the sharia — the reason that this young man was jailed. If they won’t talk about why and how he was jailed, how can they hope to change things?
Where is the Obama administration?
to a press that would rather remain silent, she is tagged as “crazy” or an “islamophobe” and the target of insults from the left and some on the right as well.
It is good that a Muslim, Asma Uddin, is standing for religious liberty, but she is doing so in defiance of her own religious tradition. Muhammad himself commanded: “Whoever changed his Islamic religion, then kill him” (Bukhari 9.84.57). This is still the position of all the schools of Islamic jurisprudence, both Sunni and Shi’ite. Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, the most renowned and prominent Muslim cleric in the world, has stated: “The Muslim jurists are unanimous that apostates must be punished, yet they differ as to determining the kind of punishment to be inflicted upon them. The majority of them, including the four main schools of jurisprudence (Hanafi, Maliki, Shafi`i, and Hanbali) as well as the other four schools of jurisprudence (the four Shiite schools of Az-Zaidiyyah, Al-Ithna-`ashriyyah, Al-Ja`fariyyah, and Az-Zaheriyyah) agree that apostates must be executed.” There is only disagreement over whether the law applies only to men, or to women also – some authorities hold that apostate women should not be killed, but only imprisoned in their houses until death.
Cairo’s Al-Azhar University, the most prestigious and inﬂuential institution in the Sunni world, certifies as a reliable guide to the practice and faith of the orthodox Sunni Muslim community a manual of Islamic law that states: “When a person who has reached puberty and is sane voluntarily apostatizes from Islam, he deserves to be killed” (Reliance of the Traveller o8.1). Although the right to kill an apostate is reserved in Islamic law to the leader of the community and other Muslims can theoretically be punished for taking this duty upon themselves, in practice a Muslim who kills an apostate needs to pay no indemnity and perform no expiatory acts (as he must in other kinds of murder cases under classic Islamic law). This accommodation is made because killing an apostate “is killing someone who deserves to die” (Reliance of the Traveller o8.4).
from a top Muslim Cleric saying: “If they had gotten rid of the apostasy punishment Islam wouldn’t exist today” or links to documents like this:
An Explanatory Memorandum on the General Strategic Goal for the Brotherhood in North America
Just like Stacy’s critiques of Communism, the attempt is not made to dispute facts but to attack the messenger who brings those facts to the debate.
And those afraid of Pam Geller to watch this
So when Stacy asks this damning question of the educational system that produced Myerson and says
Only in such an environment could a self-declared communist like Jesse Myerson be permitted to propagate a neo-Bolshevik vision without being criticized by any prominent liberal.
Where are the anti-communist liberals? Why have we seen no latter-day “Scoop Jackson Democrat” types warning against the dangers of backsliding toward discredited Marxist errors?
Where is the 21st-century Jeanne Kirkpatrick to sound the alarm?
I’d have to replay: Why would you expect them to exist?
The same people who remain in denial about the history and reality of communism are the ones in denial about radical Islam. They are no different than Prince Harry in this this Exchange from the first season of Blackadder that I quoted in part above:
Prince Harry: You see, Archbishop Godfrey was coming out of the Duke of Winchester’s
Prince Edmund Blackadder: …who had just died, leaving all his lands to the Church?
Prince Harry: Well, as a matter of fact, yes.
Blackadder: And so the King was really after his blood, presumably.
Prince Harry: Well, I dare say, but the point of the matter is that, at that moment, round the corner, came Sir (Tabbis?) Mortimer.
Blackadder:: The King’s hired killer…
Prince Harry: No, no, no. Mortimer — that tall, rather striking fellow with no ears.
Prince Edmund Blackadder: Yes, that’s him.
Prince Harry: Well, he saw the Archbishop and rushed towards him with his head bowed, in order to receive his blessing, and, er, unfortunately, killed him stone dead.
Prince Edmund Blackadder: How?
Prince Harry: Mortimer was wearing a Turkish helmet.
Blackadder: Oh, I see, yes — one of those with the two feet spike coming out of the top?
Prince Harry: It’s one of those things they normally use for butting their enemies in the stomach and..
Both Harry & Blackadder: killing them stone dead.
Blackadder: Yes, so, presumably he’d forgotten he was wearing it.
Prince Harry: Well, do you know, that’s exactly what the poor fellow had done! A tragic accident…tragic.
It takes curiosity and courage to stand up to a culture of official denial backed up by money, epithets and in some cases threats,
Thank you for your invitation to me to become a Muslim and wield my sword against the enemies of Allah. But I’m afraid I must decline. While I appreciate the fact that becoming your “brother in Islam” might afford me a measure of personal security that I do not enjoy today, some things are more important than that. I cannot and will not give in to violent intimidation, come what may, and I do not want to live in a society that bows to such intimidation.
I believe that societies that respect the equality of rights before the law of all people, including women and religious minorities, as well as the freedom of conscience, are superior to those that do not. I hope that such societies will be able to summon the will to resist you and your “invitation” in all its implications before it is too late.
There is a reason why you will always see security around Spencer & Geller. Given that fact is it any wonder that so few have the courage to stand up and be counted?
Marks and all the awardees praised the vision and work of the Communist Party in their communities. The event was held on the occasion of the CPUSA’s 94th anniversary.
Former state Senator Ed Gomes, a steelworker, state representative Edwin Vargas, a teacher, and Laurie Kennington, president of Local 34 clerical and technical workers at Yale all accepted large framed posters of the Amistad statue that stands in front of New Haven City Hall, cheered on by family, friends, co-workers, elected officials and union and community leaders
but I’ll wager Jesse Myerson will be in the running.
Update 2: I’m not the first to make this connection:
Citing Stalin (circa 1949) as the contemporary personification, Monnerot elaborated on this totalitarian consolidation (“condensation”) of power shared by Islam and Communism, and the refusal of these universalist creeds to accept limits on their “frontiers.”
Update 3: It’s Everybody write about commie’s day. The Lonely conservative:
What I find interesting is how those who write off the Soviet regime as just some failed “experiment” have more compassion for lab rats in real experiments than communism’s victims.
Myerson is trying to explicate an ideological and/or moral reason for it being okay for the state to take your stuff for its own purposes. Such justifications always founder in the face of human nature. If you apply enough force (terror) you can sometimes get away with this sort of state-sponsored armed robbery for a long while, if by “getting away with it” means sowing the seeds for your own destruction.
Because in the real world, in actual practice, human vengeance always plays a role. Ask any number of murderous, thieving tyrants who ended up choking on their own blood at the hands of their victims.
And the Blaze which closes its piece thus:
I am willing to bet that it was mostly entrepreneurs who were responsible for the creation of all nearly all of those venues. Even library books are made by evil corporations. However Myerson feels about capitalism and its relationship to art, there is no denying that capitalism facilitates a lot of art exposure. Who the hell had ever heard of The Beatles before they met a record producer and signed a contract? Also, I can’t say I really care too much for the art they produced in the Soviet Union.
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