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The Modern History of the Fatwa

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What’s interesting isn’t that Islam4UK spokesman Anjem Choudary believes that death should come to all who insult Mohammed, but that the Western cultural elites who would be his most probable victims think it’s bigoted to even question his view. But Choudary the parasite understands, perhaps more than his hapless intellectual hosts, upon whose body he feasts and is laying his eggs, how paralyzing the venom of political correctness is. “When asked why, if Western society was so bad, he lived here, he replied: ‘We come here to civilize people, get them to come out of the darkness and injustice into the beauty of Islam.'”

The beauty of Islam was on full display when Choudary was attacked, not by vile Jews or Christians, but by Shi’ites who can give as good as they get. When they didn’t like what he said they responded by physically attacking the event. Ole’ Anjem was less than frank when he described his presence in the West as motivated by altruism for the benighted infidel.  If he were honest, he’d admit to being in London, as many others are, to avoid being kneecapped with an electric drill, because his chances of survival are scant in places dominated by the glorious civilization whose beauties he is trying to spread.

A video filmed by CoelusMedia begins with Choudary addressing the camera discussing the incarceration of an unnamed individual, but then quickly shows scenes of a violent scuffle and attack on Edgware Road. The original video upload was entitled, “Muslims fight Muslims on the streets of London during a Syrian demonstration on the Edgware Road”.

Choudary, who is famous for leading the now proscribed “Islam4UK” group as well as several other splinter organisations, led a march entitled ‘The Shia Enemies of Allah” from Regents Park Mosque which was due to end at the Syrian Embassy. Protestors marched with hard-line Salafist placards and Alqaeda flags, many of which read, “Support Jund Al Sham”.

That the dust-up was confined to fists and hard objects is due mainly to the efforts of the barbaric British police, in the absence of which AK-47s, explosive devices  and bladed weapons would  doubtless have been used. Reuters for example, describes the love-fest between Hezbollah and al-Qaeda along the Syrian border. It is but a small part of the carnage that has killed 210,000 in Syria alone. The Council of Foreign Relations explains a few things that Choudry left out of his idyllic picture.

An ancient religious divide is helping fuel a resurgence of conflicts in the Middle East and Muslim countries. Struggles between Sunni and Shia forces have fed a Syrian civil war that threatens to transform the map of the Middle East, spurred violence that is fracturing Iraq, and widened fissures in a number of tense Gulf countries. Growing sectarian clashes have also sparked a revival of transnational jihadi networks that poses a threat beyond the region. …

Alongside the proxy battle is the renewed fervor of armed militants, motivated by the goals of cleansing the faith or preparing the way for the return of the messiah. Today there are tens of thousands of organized sectarian militants throughout the region capable of triggering a broader conflict. And despite the efforts of many Sunni and Shia clerics to reduce tensions through dialogue and counterviolence measures, many experts express concern that Islam’s divide will lead to escalating violence and a growing threat to international peace and security.

But as earlier stated, it is no surprise that Choudry should fail to mention this. The truly astonishing thing is that Western intellectuals should not.

But perhaps it’s not so astonishing because fatwas — although they were called other things — were a standard feature of totalitarian ideologies like Western Communism. And that comes rather too close to home in the modern left.

The Soviets called these death warrants the “highest means of punishment” and they were issued in the millions.  We have an actual example in documents released by President Dmitry Medvedev which show the paperwork ordering the execution of more than 21,000 Polish intellectuals, military officers and clergymen in Katyn Wood. That was small change in the larger scheme of things.  Stalin killed by people by the million. The First Chief Directorate was often tasked with assassinating individuals abroad.

Of the innumerable death warrants signed by Joseph Stalin, perhaps one of the most interesting was his order to kill John Wayne. “Joseph Stalin ordered the KGB to assassinate John Wayne because he considered his anti-communist rhetoric a threat to the Soviet Union, according to a new biography of the film star based on interviews with Wayne’s close associates and the movie legend Orson Welles.”

[Author] Munn said Wayne had also told him that his friend, the stuntman Yakima Canutt, had “saved his life once”. Mr Munn later asked Mr Canutt what he had meant by this comment. The incident is thought to have taken place in the early 50s.

“Yakima told me that the FBI had discovered there were agents sent to Hollywood to kill John Wayne,” said Mr Munn. “He said the FBI had come to tell John about the plot. John told the FBI to let the men show up and he would deal with them.”

Wayne then apparently hatched a plot with his scriptwriter at the time, Jimmy Grant, to abduct the assassins, drive to a beach and stage a mock execution to frighten them. Mr Munn said he did not know what transpired, but heard the two men stayed in the US to work for the FBI. …

Wayne then relied upon a group of loyal stuntmen who infiltrated communist cells in America and learned of plots to kill him.

“He then gathered all the stuntmen, went to the communist meetings, and had a huge fight,” Mr Munn said. This was when Wayne believes Mr Canutt saved his life.

What feats of derring-do were displayed by the stuntmen in their fight against Stalin’s henchmen Hollywood alas does not record.  But eventually Stalin gave up.  Khrushchev finally rescinded the order formally in the later years.

Communism, like radical Islam, is undone by the fact that it issues too many fatwas. Because Stalin had so many enemies, a condition he shares with Islamist groups, unless a death warrant is executed immediately it tends to be overtaken by the more recently issued orders for the “highest means of punishment”.  The biggest defense of a given individual against Islamic fatwas is there are so many of them.

Choudry will eventually forget Geller when more insistent and proximate threats divert his attention. But his enemies are less likely to forget him because he is part of the dynamic in ways that infidels are not. The Sunni versus Shi’ite genocide contest is only starting to get warmed up, as each vies to show each other the beauties of Islam. He who lives by the fatwa, dies by the fatwa.

Below we see the great Yakima Canutt in the Republic Serial’s Zorro’s Fighting Legions. No CGI. The second stunt shown was reprised in Raiders of the Lost Ark.  An instance where the reel hero is the real hero.

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