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Sunday, August 12, 2007

Charles Johnson: Looking the other way

When Charles Johnson reports blogs about events in the real world, you can be sure he's only going to talk about half the story:

Schools opening in Baghdad, not schools being bombed.

Corrupt Democrats, not corrupt Republicans.

Media errors, not military errors.

For the past week or so CJ has been on the case of The New Republic and Scott Beauchamp, a soldier who apparently embellished some of his articles for the magazine.

The story is a feast for Wingnut dittoheads like Johnson, because in one fell swoop it neatly makes all bad news out of Iraq look like a lie.

Woe if anyone were to mention another series of reports from Iraq, in another 'leftie rag' (this time The Nation), which can't be so easily dismissed. Don't expect to read about it on LGF...

9 comments:

The Sphinx said...

Thanks for the Nation link, even though it's highly disturbing. Imagine if that was done in your country..

Anonymous said...

When was the last time that LGF reported anything about Iraqi schools?

You don't seem to understand the gravity of this conflict.

Learn about Sharia Law... learn about the Caliphate...educate yourself about the 12th Imam.

Mutually Assured Destruction (MAD), which used to be deterrent, has now become the gateway to salvation for some of these "freedom fighters" that you gleefully apologize for.

May you learn from the mistakes of others.

Regards,

FQ Infidel

The Sphinx said...

FQ Infidel,

you (and just about any LGFer) are the last people to educate people about Sharia Law, Islam, the Caliphate and Co. You can't tell me 10% about those things as much as I can tell you (I'm a Muslim by the way. And a proud one).

Regardless of that, you must have extremely good faith in Charles if you think he's telling you the whole truth. You'd be disappointed if you knew better (to put it lightly).

It's like a blind person telling everyone to open their eyes.

Anonymous said...

Sphinx:

All we know of Islam is death and oppression. We see it every day in the news and hear it from "religious leaders" in their fatwas against Jews, women breast-feeding, dancing, etc.

We see Islam in the decapitation of Nick berg in Iraq and Daniel Pearl in Pakistan. We see Islam in the Muslim rape gangs that terrorize non-Muslim women in Australia and Europe. We see Islam in the 3,000 dead on 9/11 by 19 people who believed Allah was so great that others had to die for him.

What we do not hear is the supposed majority of Muslims who are peaceful. The supposed moderate majority that is always silent when Islamic terrorist kills and kills and kills.

Anonymous said...

Oh good grief, FQ. I can do this lying down. Please try harder.

If you crave end-times fantasies and gateways to salvation theology go and read about the Rapture, Armageddon, the third temple, Revelation and the Antichrist.

Then go and read about how many powerful people in America want it all to happen in your lifetime.

It is YOU who does not understand the gravity of this conflict.

The Sphinx said...

"All we know of Islam is death and oppression"

That is because you know nothing. Your understanding of Islam is next to zero.

What can you tell me about Islamic teachings, tradition and history? Cram out everything you know and you'll realize that it's worth squat. You probably don't know anything beyond all the blatant lies you read on LGF. It's almost crippling to watch these people talk out of their arses like they know everything, while they - as you - understand nothing at all.

"We see it every day in the news

What YOU need to do is turn off that bloody TV of yours, ignore all the twisted biased propaganda, and get to know some real Muslims. The difference between what you see and what I've experienced in 15 years of living in the middle east is like black and white.

"What we do not hear is the supposed majority of Muslims who are peaceful. The supposed moderate majority that is always silent when Islamic terrorist kills and kills and kills."

Do you know what you remind me off? The little bratty kid at school who puts their fingers in their ears and says "LAAAALAAALALALAA!! I CAN'T HEAR YOU!!", then complains later that they can't hear what people tell them.

What the hell do you expect an average Muslim to do against terrorism? Mere condemnation doesn't do jack. So fire away with your ingenious suggestions, now. And be constructive.

Nev. said...

"When Charles Johnson reports blogs about events in the real world, you can be sure he's only going to talk about half the story."

I agree that LGF presents only one viewpoint, or "half the story", however you left a gaping omission in this blog entry:

The media always covers military errors, but is frequently filled with inaccuracies that need to be corrected.

You stated yourself, LGF focuses on media errors above military errors. In other words, LGF focuses on areas that the main stream media does not.

janice said...

Do you believe islam needs a reformation? It clearly has some issues dealing with non-muslims, do you not agree? If muslims don't realize this there's little hope for the PC west, they'll be first on the chopping block.

What is your view of the terrorist front group, CAIR? Do they speak for all muslims in this country?
And are you a muslim or an American first?

What is the arabic word for lying for the good or promoting islam? taqiyya I believe that's the word. How do you reconcile your religion with folks like Brigitte Gabriel, Walid Shoebat, Nonie Darwish, Ayaan Hirsi Ali and Irshad Manji? Do you dismiss them as infidels?

Are you intolerant of their views or do you think they have a right to critique islam and muslims?

Thanks, I'll just looking for answers

The Sphinx said...

"Do you believe islam needs a reformation? It clearly has some issues dealing with non-muslims, do you not agree?"

That's what Charles Johnson wants you to believe. However, there are a few details that are conveniently left out to keep this image of a global enemy alive:

First, a few things to debunk this ongoing lie of forced conversions:

"There shall be no compulsion in religion" (Quran, 2:256)

"Say: 'This is the truth from your Lord,' then whoever wills, let him believe, and whoever wills, let him disbelieve.(Quran, 18:29)

"Had your Lord willed, all the people on earth would have believed. Do you want to force the people to become believers?" (Quran, 10:99)

And finally:

"You shall invite to the path of your Lord with wisdom and kind enlightenment, and debate with them in the best possible manner. Your Lord knows best who has strayed from His path, and He knows best who are the guided ones."
(Quran, 16:125)

Now we've cleared the freedom of religion issue up, what about dealing with people of other faiths?

"God does not forbid you to respect those who have not made war against you on account of (your) religion, and have not driven you forth from your homes, that you show them kindness and deal with them justly; surely God loves the doers of justice" (Koran 60:8)

And IF you were to fight somebody:

"You may fight in the cause of God against those who attack you, but do not aggress. God does not like the aggressors. (Quran, 2:190)

Little story from Islamic tradition: Prophet Mohamed was sitting with his friends one day, talking to them, when a funeral precession passed by. He stood up in respect to the mourners, silent. One of his companions whispered to him: "Mohamed, this is a Jewish funeral", upon which he replied: "Wasn't it a human soul?" and remained standing till they were gone.

That's all probably the diametric opposite of what you get to hear about Islam and the Quran. Well, there were the sources disproving all that. From the Quran itself.

"If Muslims don't realize this there's little hope for the PC west, they'll be first on the chopping block."

That's also what Charles wants you to believe. However, everybody who gets to know the real Islam realizes that this is rubbish. "They're out to get us all" is a historic blunder that some people just can't learn from.
Apparently, everybody needs a culprit to throw all kinds of $#*! at. 70 years ago it was the Jews in Germany. 30 years ago it was the communists in America. And now it's the Muslims. Who'll be next after 20 years?

"What is your view of the terrorist front group, CAIR? Do they speak for all muslims in this country?"

CAIR is a terrorist front group now?

If only Charles Johnson would be a bit more multilateral with his reporting ..

"And are you a muslim or an American first?"

I'm not American to start with. I'm a Muslim Egyptian. And yes, I'm a Muslim before anything, but frankly, I don't care who you are, where you come from, or what religion you belong to, as long as we can get along.

"What is the arabic word for lying for the good or promoting islam? taqiyya I believe that's the word."

This is a huge myth that you've all fell for. Whoever told you that this is part of Islam was lying to you, or simply know squat.
If you ask a regular Sunni Muslim (which is the large majority) what Taqiyya is, they'll just look at you, confused. The reason is, this is something used by Shia Muslims only. In fact, many Sunni clerics reject this notion, because a true Muslim does NOT need to conceal their faith or lie to people of other faiths.
Sunni Islam is an unaltered version of the religion
Shia Islam is an offshoot of the religion, and despite the similarities, they follow many things that were not part of the real thing, including this Taqiyya thing. Honestly, I never even knew this existed before the people of LGF kept repeating it.

"How do you reconcile your religion with folks like Brigitte Gabriel, Walid Shoebat, Nonie Darwish, Ayaan Hirsi Ali and Irshad Manji? Do you dismiss them as infidels?
Are you intolerant of their views or do you think they have a right to critique islam and muslims?"


I don't know all the details about these people, but there is one thing I'm sure they're all guilty of: They're all so immersed in their hate for everything Islamic, that they fail to see beyond their prejudice.
Ayaan Hirsi Ali for example can't see the difference between Islam and her miserable childhood, and blames everything bad that happened to her on the religion itself. However, any real Muslim would see that there _is no_ connection.
I should know, I grew up in a Muslim society after all.

Hope I cleared things up there a little bit. This is another side of the medal probably nobody has told you about before, and I don't blame you for that. But please look at ALL aspects of something and make up your own mind about it.