And in Australia too

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The sad truth is that it is hard to be surprised—strike that: it is impossible to be surprised by displays of savagery on the part of Islamic “demonstrators” in places like Tripoli, Khartoum and Cairo. (Impossible, at least, if you don’t work for the U.S. State Department.)

But to get news like the following from Sydney, Australia is chilling on another level, and surely it should be.

Violent clashes erupted yesterday after demonstrators marched from Sydney’s Town Hall to Martin Place yesterday afternoon and confronted police outside the US consulate.

Some protesters allegedly threw glass bottles and other missiles at police, forcing officers to use capsicum spray during a melee that led to six police and 17 others being injured.

Seven men and one male juvenile were arrested, with six men so far charged with offences including assaulting police and animal cruelty, police said.


Waving banners with slogans such as “Behead all those who insult the Prophet”, protesters listened as one protester told the crowd: “We will never accept the assault on our prophet.”

The rally was the latest in a spate of demonstrations at US embassies and consulates in the Middle East, Africa, Britain and elsewhere against the film, Innocence of Muslims.

Protester Abdullah Sary, who said he wanted a peaceful protest, said although he had not seen the film, he was offended because it ridiculed the Prophet Mohammed.

“The prophet is more beloved then my family, my wife, my mother and myself. So if someone says this, you can see how upsetting it is.”

What is truly upsetting is this image of a man, in Australia, in the year 2012, speaking to a reporter and being glad to state publicly that “the prophet” is more beloved to him than his family, his wife and his mother. Continue reading “And in Australia too”

Israel, Syria and Mid-East contrasts

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It’s being reported that somewhere around 20 people were killed when hundreds of Syrian “protesters” attempted to invade Israeli territory today, and were fired upon by Israeli soldiers. It doesn’t take a geopolitical-egghead-genius to see that the Assad regime is trying to distract from its own ongoing and far more efficient killing spree against Syrian citizens who are demanding something like basic human rights. Nevertheless, this new tactic of throwing willing martyrs at the borders of Israel is one that seems likely to continue, and has to worry the Israelis. At some point international pressure will rise and say, “Israel has no right to shoot these people” (i.e. no right to defend its borders) and that’s when the crowds will really start gathering. Continue reading “Israel, Syria and Mid-East contrasts”

Syrian protesters demand Assad either shave or grow a mustache

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I just figured I ought to crack that joke now, while we’ve still got Bashar Assad to kick around.

Bashar Assad - Mustache or not?

As is being reported, Assad has promised to call a halt to the state of emergency which has been in place in Syria for 48 years, completely brushing aside the irony of the fact that this is when it would appear to be needed most.