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Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Steven Vincent WWW.Redzoneblog.com

Care to know a little more about respected author Steven Vincent who lived in and wrote about Basra? Steven who had a blogsite called RedzoneBlog and was suddenly whisked away by police in a white Toyota, then found later by the roadside dead?

The two paragraphs that led to his demise, [I think], and the Iran connection named Moqtada al-Sadr, a name now becoming more familiar TG

Everyone, it seems, except the religious parties themselves, which always seem to know what to think, do, and say, especially compared to the city's frightened intellectual class. Consider, for example, Professor M. and his run-in with renegade Shia cleric Moqtada al-Sadr. An expert in radical Shiite movements, Professor M. wrote a well-researched, politically neutral history of the Sadrist phenomenon, which ran on the front page of a daily newspaper. Unfortunately, the periodical accompanied the piece with a photograph of a Basran crowd that included women who were not wearing hejab!

Reaction was swift. Sadrists claimed that M. and the newspaper had conspired to defame them — a charge, of course, both parties vehemently denied. No matter. M. began receiving increasingly disturbing death threats, which climaxed when someone fired a bullet through his front window. Despite his innocence, he published an open-letter apology to the Sadrists in the newspaper, which, to mollify the populist thugs, reprinted the article with a more acceptable photo of women bundled in their Islamic-sanctioned fabric prisons.

More of Steven's eye - opening copy can be read at:



Blogger Nicole Weeks said...

Wow, interesting indeed.

4:42 PM  
Blogger TonyGuitar said...

Brave Moderate Muslim speaks out….whoa, and it is a Woman!

This is a surprisingly good article for the NYT. I hope she has a good life insurance policy. The religion of peace obviously won't tolerate her views:

Perhaps her most provocative words on Al Jazeera were those comparing how the Jews and Muslims have reacted to adversity. Speaking of the Holocaust, she said, "The Jews have come from the tragedy and forced the world to respect them, with their knowledge, not with their terror; with their work, not with their crying and yelling."

She went on, "We have not seen a single Jew blow himself up in a German restaurant. We have not seen a single Jew destroy a church. We have not seen a single Jew protest by killing people."

She concluded, "Only the Muslims defend their beliefs by burning down churches, killing people and destroying embassies. This path will not yield any results. The Muslims must ask themselves what they can do for humankind, before they demand that humankind respect them."

1 posted on 03/11/2006 7:56:50 AM PST by mathprof


Thank you Maz for pointing to this. Other reasonable Muslims are welcome to add their voices and insights. This may be the beginning of the *turnaround*. I hope so. TG

12:42 PM  

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