Thursday, January 25, 2007

Wanna Free Pair of Ozones?

answer below
I have a free pair of Ozones to the first person who can tell me why the new NeoCon talking point* is,

“No Shiites, No Sunnis: We are all children of the Prophet Muhammad.”


well, stupid**.


*Here's the background. The new NeoCon meme being pushed is that the problem with Iraq and the Middle East is that no MLK-type figure is stepping up to promote the values of peaceful coexistance. Via Tom Friedman (pushing the meme):

How could it be that Danish cartoons of Muhammad led to mass violent protests, while unspeakable violence by Muslims against Muslims in Iraq every day evokes about as much reaction in the Arab-Muslim world as the weather report? Where is the Muslim Martin Luther King? Where is the “Million Muslim March” under the banner: “No Shiites, No Sunnis: We are all children of the Prophet Muhammad.”


**I thought picking on Marty Peretz was too easy. Plus he's a liberal (even though he is nominally a liberal neocon). H/T Matt Yglesias

There is [no Muslim MLK]. If one were living on earth, they'd break his windows. Imprison him. Or kill him. Finished.


As opposed to the real MLK who was loved by all, well treated and sitting on his porch sipping lemonade even as we speak....

update 1/29

“No Shiites, No Sunnis: We are all children of the Prophet Muhammad.”


is a bad slogan because the division between Shiites and Sunnis is over whether or not anyone can interprit the word on Muhammad or if only his direct descendents can. It'd be like trying to end years of Christian and Jew divisions by proclaiming "No Jews, No Christian: We are all followers of Jesus.".

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