I think Andrew McCarthy wins the line of the day contest this morning with the opening of his National Review essay “Apes, Pigs, and F-16s.” The F16s, as anyone following the news knows, are the advanced U.S. fighter jets that we’re crating up and sending to our good friend Mohammed Morsi, the president of Egypt and Muslim Brotherhood hater of America and Jews.
Does that strike you as “extreme”? Does it sound “impolitic”? Yet another instance of Kimball’s errant right-wingery? Forget I said it then. Let’s go straight to the horse’s mouth, i.e., to President Morsi’s description of Israelis — “Zionists” — as “blood-suckers,” “warmongers,” the “descendants of apes and pigs.”
As Andy points out, the menagerie is actually quite large: “When Mohamed Morsi dehumanizes Jews as ‘the descendants of apes and pigs,’ there’s an elephant in the room.”
The elephant in question is drawn from that bestiary know as the Koran, speifically Sura 5:60, where we read that
Those who incurred the curse of Allah and His wrath, those of whom some He transformed into apes and swine, those who worshipped evil — these are many times worse in rank, and far more astray from the even Path!
(Andrew Bostom has assembled a trove of other examples of how the religion of peace views Jews here: “‘In Context’: Muhammad Morsi’s (Islamically Correct) Jew-Hatred.”) The point, as Andy McCarthy notes, is that
Contrary to the fairy tale weaved by apologists for Islamists on both sides of America’s political aisle, Jew hatred is not a pathogen insidiously injected into Islam by the Nazis. . . . Nor did the ummah come by it through exposure to other strains of anti-Semitism that blight the history of Christendom. Jew hatred is ingrained in Islamic doctrine. Consequently, despite the efforts of enlightened Muslim reformers, Jew hatred is — and will remain — a pillar of Islamist ideology.