Friday, March 04, 2011
tripudiate /traɪˈpjuːdɪeɪt/ (intransitive verb):
"To dance with excitement; to trample an opponent in triumph."
Two months after the 9/11 attacks, during an Arab book fair, a rumour suddenly made the rounds that an aircraft had crashed into a high-rise building in Italy. Many people immediately thought this was a repeat of the previous attacks on America. Numerous publishers and editors shouted Allahu akbar... and welcomed the presumed act, which turned out never to have happened at all. Some of these intellectuals are welcome guests at conferences on Euro-Arab dialogue...
-- Khalid al-Maaly, Arab Intellectuals and Terror, October 17, 2006
On a related note, as Martin Kramer reported in September of 2002 on Campus Watch, Muslim academic Azzam Tamimi said in an interview on November 8, 2001, in the Spanish news journal La Vanguardia, that everyone in the Arab world celebrated when seeing the Twin Towers fall:
Interviewer: ¿Se alegró alguien allí [en el mundo árabe] al ver caer los Torres Gemelas?
(Did anyone [in the Arab world] exult to see the Twin Towers fall?)
Tamimi: Todos. (Everyone.)
Interviewer: Perdón, ¿ha entendido mi pregunta?
(Excuse me, did you understand my question?)
Tamimi: En los paises árabes y musulmanes, todos saltaron de alegria. ¿Me pregunta eso, no?
(In the Arab and Muslim countries, everyone jumped for joy. That's what you asked me, no?)
Interviewer: Sí, pero… ¿de verdad se alegraron?
(Yes, but... they really rejoiced?)
Tamimi: Mire, los americanos se han portado muy, muy mal con la gente del mundo árabe y musulmán; han sostenido a dictatores, han burlando los derechos humanes…
(Look, the Americans have brought great, great evil to the people of the Arab and Muslim world; they have propped up dictators, they have flouted human rights...)
Interviewer: ¿Y cuál es ahora el sentimento?
(And what is the sentiment now?)
Tamimi: El de que Osama Bin Laden es un héroe.
(That Osama bin Laden is a hero.)
Oh, and this was in addition to saying, in that same interview:
"I admire the Taliban; they are courageous (Admiro a los talibán: son unos valientes)."
This Azzam Tamimi, as Martin Kramer also reports, is a close associate of the American academic John Esposito (among other cozy things, they co-edited a book together), a liberal Catholic who heads The Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., and who makes a big fuss about defending "moderate Muslims" (who, of course, must be in the vast majority) -- among whom, one would reasonably infer, is Azzam Tamimi.
I realize this is old news; but unfortunately, it is still relevant and ominously prescient for our future.
Notice two telling things in that interview:
1) Tamimi is careful, twice, to say "the Arab and Muslim world" -- clearly speaking of the entire Umma, including all the millions of non-Arab Muslims outside of the Middle East as well.
2) Toward the end, it should not surprise when Tamimi lapses into the usual "It's all the Americans' fault" routine out of his kitman-bag. What should ring particular alarm bells in one's head (at least those heads relatively unpadded with PC MC cotton) is that this screaming extremist is on the side of the "Arab and Muslim" people against their tin-pot dictators: a clear indicator of the more realistic meaning of the so-called "Arab Spring" unfolding in these past months throughout the Arab world.