Saturday, January 06, 2018

More on the Persian Flu

More on the recent outbreak of the Persian Flu in the Counter Jihad Mainstream (CJM).

Robert Spencer's capsule history of modern Iran:

The unrest in Iran grew, and repressive measures from the shah only made matters worse. Finally, on January 16, 1979, after riots and numerous calls for him to go, a tearful shah and his family left Iran. On February 1, Khomeini returned to Iran after fourteen years of exile. He announced the formation of a new government, declaring: “This is not an ordinary government. It is a government based on the shari‘a. Opposing this government means opposing the shari‘a of Islam and revolting against the shari‘a, and revolt against the government of the shari‘a has its punishment in our law … it is a heavy punishment in Islamic jurisprudence. Revolt against God’s government is a revolt against God. Revolt against God is blasphemy.”

Notice how Spencer glosses a bit too breezily past the two points he can't escape without being ahistorical: the popular uprising against the Shah; and the wildly popular welcome to the Ayatollah Khomeini and the consequent popular support for the 1979 Islamic Revolution.  What are we supposed to think, that in the span of some 35 plus years hundreds of thousands of Muslims (i.e., Iranian People) magically secularized, out of the historico-cultural soil of a profound Islamization lasting over a thousand years?  Apparently this is what Spencer and the other CJMers believe, belying their affectations of being oh-so tough and cynical about Islam.

As the great Judge Judy (PBUHer) says:  “If it doesn't make sense, it's probably not true.”  It doesn't make sense that a culture as profoundly Islamic as Persia/Iran could grow a mass demographic of Muslims truly moved by a thriving, anti-Islamic secularism, despite what Spencer's rapturously rosy prose this past week clearly implies (e.g., in editorializing on this headline -- Iranian protesters skirting Islamic government’s tech clampdown to continue their fight for freedom -- he gushed, “The desire for freedom can never be entirely extinguished from the human heart.”).

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