Sunday, August 05, 2007

The Vanishing Jihad Exposés

by Mark Steyn - August 5th, 2007 - Orange County (California) Register

How will we lose the war against "radical Islam"?


For the answer, let us turn to a fascinating book called "Alms for Jihad: Charity And Terrorism in the Islamic World," by J. Millard Burr, a former USAID relief coordinator, and the scholar Robert O Collins. Can't find it in your local Barnes & Noble? Never mind, let's go to Amazon. Everything's available there. And sure enough, you'll come through to the "Alms for Jihad" page and find a smattering of approving reviews from respectably torpid publications: "The most comprehensive look at the web of Islamic charities that have financed conflicts all around the world," according to Canada's Globe And Mail, which is like the New York Times but without the jokes.Unfortunately, if you then try to buy "Alms for Jihad," you discover that the book is "Currently unavailable.


So why would the Cambridge University Press, one of the most respected publishers on the planet, absolve Khalid bin Mahfouz, his family, his businesses and his charities to a degree that neither (to pluck at random) the U.S., French, Albanian, Swiss and Pakistani governments would be prepared to do?

Because English libel law overwhelmingly favors the plaintiff. And like many other big-shot Saudis, Sheikh Mahfouz has become very adept at using foreign courts to silence American authors – in effect, using distant jurisdictions to nullify the First Amendment

If this was about American courts it would be on my "rule of law" blog. However this is not about the corruption of the American court system. This is about the growing corruption of all western courts where defense against the Islamofascist movement is concerned. It is not just here in America that socialists have gained control over much of government. All of Europe is dominated by socialist politicians who use government to help the Islamofascist movement campaign of jihadism.

As the socialist movement and the Islamofascist movement grow politically closer and closer, the threat to our liberty grows greater and greater. That is the essence of what Steyn is talking about. We are, due to complacency and stupidity, allowing our future freedoms to be subverted by the government systems that have until now helped to defend our freedom.


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