Dasein, Red Elephant.


To Victory Square by Kim Chol Ryong

redelephant:This just in. An anti-jihad manifesto from 12 intellectuals, including Salman Rushdie and Bernard Henri-Levy has just been posted yesterday evening on the website of Jyllands-Posten, a cheeky Danish newspaper, publisher of the controversial Prophet Mohammad cartoons.

Like all totalitarianisms, Islamism is nurtured by fears and frustrations. The hate preachers bet on these feelings in order to form battalions destined to impose a liberticidal and unegalitarian world. But we clearly and firmly state: nothing, not even despair, justifies the choice of obscurantism, totalitarianism and hatred. Islamism is a reactionary ideology which kills equality, freedom and secularism wherever it is present. Its success can only lead to a world of domination: man's domination of woman, the Islamists' domination of all the others. To counter this, we must assure universal rights to oppressed or discriminated people.

Strong words. Nothing really soul stirring, but still…a manifesto! How exciting! We haven't had one of those thrown into the public sphere in a long time. A lot has already been said about this manifesto, particularly by Paul Allen at the Brussels Journal and I'm sure there's more to come.

No End of History, no end in sight. Poor Fukuyama, what do you have to say?


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