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Tuesday, January 11, 2005
Last week MEMRI reported on many of the conspiracy theories circulating around the Middle East that blamed America and, of course the Jews, for last month's Tsunami. Here are a few quotes from that story,
"The oppression and corruption caused by America and the Jews have increased. Have you heard of these beaches that are called 'tourists' paradise?' You have all probably heard of Bangkok. We read about it, and knew it as the center of corruption on the face of this earth. Over there, there are Zionist and American investments. Over there they bring Muslims and others to prostitution. Over there, there are beaches, which they dubbed 'tourists' paradise,' while only a few meters away, the locals live in hell on earth. They cannot make ends meet, while a few meters away there is a paradise, 'tourists' paradise.'
"These countries, in which these things occurred – don't they refrain from adopting Allah's law, which is a form of heresy? Man-made laws have been chosen over Allah's law, which has been deemed unsuitable to judge people?! Whoever does not act according to Allah's law is a heretic, that's what Allah said in the Koran. Don't these countries have witchcraft, sorcery, deceitfulness, and abomination?"
"The problem is that the [Christian] holidays are accompanied by forbidden things, by immorality, abomination, adultery, alcohol, drunken dancing, and … and revelry. A belly dancer costs 2500 pounds per minute and a singer costs 50,000 pounds per hour, and they hop from one hotel to another from night to dawn. Then he spends the entire night defying Allah."
"Haven't they learned the lesson from what Allah wreaked upon the coast of Asia, during the celebration of these forbidden? At the height of immorality, Allah took vengeance on these criminals."I guess I sort of get the point, Allah caused the earthquake, which caused the Tsunami, because America and the Jews are corrupting the world. These people were punished because they were infidels and never lived by the laws set by Allah.
Simple enough I guess, I think I understand how they view the situation. But I have one question for one of those clerics to answer for me. Why does a nation that lives by Allah's laws, such as Iran, get hit by an earthquake itself just yesterday? Is it fair of Allah to punish his supporters?
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