Saturday, September 30, 2006

Thank God I’m in Cairo and not Minneapolis

I am starting to believe that some Muslims living in the West are much more radical and extremists than the ones living in Muslim lands. For example, I've been to Londistan London and saw some dudes whom will definitely be regarded as ultra-extremists by average Egyptian Muslim standards. Another example is this.

When flight attendant Eva Buzek returned to Minneapolis from a trip to France, five taxi drivers refused to take her home from the airport. The reason? She had two bottles of wine in her suitcase — and the drivers were Muslims, who don't drink and refuse to have alcohol in their taxis.

About three-quarters of the 900 taxi drivers at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport are Somalis, many of them Muslim. And about three times each day, would-be customers are refused taxi service when a driver sees they're carrying alcohol.

Somebody please tell me, is Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport really in the US of A????

Now, I live in a Muslim dominated country, we have airports, cabbies, duty free shops that sell alcohol, yet such a thing never ever happened before.

I don't know the reason behind this radicalization of some Muslims in the West. Does it have to do with the feeling that they consider themselves in an "alien environment" and so tend to hang on to their religion tighter resulting in stupid things like the example above? Or they might be afraid lest their faith gets weakened in "sin infested" America? And if they are afraid their faith or their devotion to their religion will get weaker, why the hell did they go to Minneapolis in the first place? Didn't God say flee temptation?! Ops, I forgot, that's the "Christian god". The "Muslim god" says go to the West, don't get assimilated, instead force them to get assimilated to your way of doing things, and finally make a fool out of yourself.

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Friday, September 29, 2006

A conversation with my grandma’s doorman

Doorman: what you brought me was so weak. I didn't get a buzz.

Me: What?! I brought you two bottles of vodka based cocktails, 10% alcohol.

Doorman: They were nothing. I felt nothing.

Me: 2 of these kill me.

Doorman: That didn't happen to me.

Me: So what do you want? You told me you're not into beer.

Doorman: Whiskey.

Me: Whiskey?! That's 40% alcohol and it'll blow your mind off. I know you drink it right from the bottle, no water or anything.

Doorman: Just bring it.

Me: we're in Ramadan for God's sake!

Doorman: I'll drink it during the feast, when Ramadan ends.

Me: OK I'll bring the whiskey next week.

This guy comes from upper Egypt (south of Egypt). When these people drink, they drink! I was invited to a wedding in Luxor and tasted their Arak made out of dates. I was later advised not to drink anymore because these spirits were not made in  very hygenic environments. I also chewed tobacco! I hated it. Tasted so bitter and kept my gum aching for at least half an hour.

Anyway, I'm planning to get him a hip flask of relatively good Egyptian whiskey. I'm definitely not going to buy a Chivas for the doorman!

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I ♥ Sanity

The French school teacher who wrote this anti-Islam article in the Le Figaro received several death threats. Several of them were threating to behead him. Also, jihadi websites posted the teacher's name and address and  very detailed maps showing how to easily reach the man's house!

Anyway, this new was posted on Al Arabiya's website. Many of the comments posted were sane and great. Sanity does exist in the Arab world. It's just buried under the tones of sand. It'll take time for it to appear and be dominant.

I chose a few comments and translated them for you.

"In the West, there is freedom of expression in all aspects of life. They are not afraid of criticizing Jesus Christ and yet Christianity still didn't get destroyed. We also didn't hear about murder plots against Tom Hanks or the director because of the movie The Davinci Code. So till when will we hear about us threatning to kill this or that because of an opinion that contradicts my faith? We have to show how civilized our nation is by working and thinking freely without fear so we can stand head to head in front of the great nations without slogans and assasinations.We have to draw a bright picture about our civilization which is far from assasinations. These death threats to the author, will they make him believe even more in the thoughts he published or the opposite?"

"A stupid threat coming from stupid people and Muslims in France will pay the price for this. The French teacher will not get killed, but the French reaction to the death threats can result in an awakening of radical European groups like the neo Nazis who will find this issue a golden opportunity to attack Muslims, kill them, and burn their houses. In the future we will see who will really bear the price of the radical Islamists' stupidity, the French teacher or Muslims in France."

"The West could be wrong in their judgment on Islam and Muslims, but Muslims were the ones who portrayed this negative and wrong picture about themselves."

"Muslims should protest via lawful means. However, death threats are part of terrorism and violence and is against Islam and Muslims."

"Behead him because he insulted Islam?? Is this our religion?? Is this the teaching of our religion and prophet Muhammed? Fear Allah you Islamists who tarnished the image of Islam in the entire world, who made the entire world repull against Muslims because of your barbaric and absurd acts. Instead of cutting his head off, you could have convince him that he was wrong and it is wrong to insult the faith of others."

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Today’s Sermon

This morning I was reading the paper while sitting in my sun kissed balcony ignoring everything around me. My mother was fighting with our janitor and the imam of the mosque nearby was screaming his sermon in the microphone that enabled his voice to reach the entire neighborhood.

I was minding my own business when a word the imam said broke my silence and force me to put down the paper in order to hear what he was saying. "That pig," he said. "That pig saying Islam is evil and inhuman. What he said proves that there is a crusader war against Islam. Just a few days before this pig uttered these words, another pig, George Bush, said that Islam is fascist*. See, there is a link between them both. Both are conspiring against Islam."

Welcome to Friday's mosque sermons.

I've always wondered about this: if this mosque in my upscale neighborhood of Cairo is beaming such stuff, what those thousands upon thousands of little unsupervised mosques scattered across Egypt are saying?

*George Bush said that the US is fighting "Islamic fascism". When this term gets translated, in Arabic it will mean "el Islam el fashi", or "fascist Islam" or "Islam the fascist". A huge difference between both terms.

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I want to be a priest

To hell with my job if other easier jobs can pay me much more

A Catholic priest in the US is under arrest and another is on the run after being accused of stealing millions of dollars from their parishioners.

Monsignor Skehan used funds skimmed from the congregation to buy property, Florida law department officials said. 

"In Father Guinan's case we found he used it more in lifestyle such as travelling, visits to Las Vegas, casinos, in the Bahamas," a department spokesman told the AFP news agency. 

Florida priest using church money in Vegas and casinos. Now that's something.

Anyway, this is the reason why I never ever give a penny to an institution. I donate money by myself. I better give an old begger on the street than a certain organization. 

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Shave Before You Fly

If you want to have a peaceful flight.

A Spanish university professor with a long beard and dark complexion said Thursday he was briefly forced off an airliner during a layover on the Spanish island of Mallorca by passengers who feared he was an Islamic terrorist.

On the runway, the pilot apologized for the incident and said he was willing to expel the passengers who confronted him and continue the flight with Gutierrez Vega on board. The pilot also said he could take Gutierrez Vega's luggage into the cockpit to pacify the other passengers.

I'll never ever grow a beard.  

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Thursday, September 28, 2006

The 1 Million Dollar Question

French UNIFIL tanks gnashed their teeth today and blocked an Israeli force composed of tanks and buldozers from going deeper into Lebanese territory. That's great, that's good. But will the same UNIFIL force block weapons coming from Syria to Hezbollah? I am doubtful this will happen.

A lion with Israel, a rabbit with Hezbollah.

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Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Apologies

for the light blogging. Just been busy with work. I thought work would be light in Ramadan. It seems I was wrong. My company is preparing for reasonable end of year sales and so I have to double my effort since the working hours are now 6 hours instead of 9 because of Ramadan. Will be back very soon.

Before I go. Poor Mozart Cry Lived a sorroful life, died at a young age, and now causing controversy in Germany. But were all gods' heads supposed to be severed in this play? So what's all the fuss about?

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Monday, September 25, 2006

Sunni Israel?

A lot has been said about the possible discreet and muted support Israel got from certain Arab countries during the war in Lebanon. This support could have been just the hope that Israel would beat Hezbollah, a Shitte organization that exponentially increased Iran's influence right in the middle of the Sunni dominated Middle East.

This is the reason why I was not surprised when I read Yedioth Ahronoth's report of a meeting that might have taken place between a senior Saudi official and Olmert's envoy. This Saudi official might be no one except the famous Bandar Bin Sultan, Saudi Arabia's former ambassador to the US.

Egyptian meeting Israeli, definitely. Jordanian meeting Israeli, definitely. Lebanese meeting Israeli, not impossible. But Saudi meeting Israeli, that's something else.

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Reason #74746352524343646 why the UN is a joke

The UNIFIL in South Lebanon will be pretty busy doing a huge thing. They will be busy doing nothing.

One month after a United Nations Security Council resolution ended a 34-day war between Israel and Lebanon’s Hezbollah militia, members of the international force sent to help keep the peace say their mission is defined more by what they cannot do than by what they can.

They say they cannot set up checkpoints, search cars, homes or businesses or detain suspects. If they see a truck transporting missiles, for example, they say they can not stop it. They cannot do any of this, they say, because under their interpretation of the Security Council resolution that deployed them, they must first be authorized to take such action by the Lebanese Army.

The job of the United Nations force, and commanders in the field repeat this like a mantra, is to respect Lebanese sovereignty by supporting the Lebanese Army. They will only do what the Lebanese authorities ask.

No comment. No comment at all. Now I am 1000000000% sure Hezbollah going to rearm. Let's just hope they only rearm and not get a chance to use their new toys.

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