Thursday, November 22, 2007

Ala Akba

Apart from anything else, a leaflet taking on the voice of Islamic activists is rendered somewhat less convincing when the signature rallying cry is misspelled. Upon reflection, it was probably a deliberate style choice, but that doesn't make it any less dumb.

Amusingly, Howard's in damage control mode, condemning the leaflets as racist, which is just a bit rich for my delicate sensibilities at this hour of the morning. After all, the man is not above encouraging bigoted fringe groups himself when he gets a spare moment, and both his policies and his past rhetoric leave him open to the charge of race-baiting. It's just the execution of the leaflets that was a bit off. He's condemning the blackface while upholding Jim Crow.

This episode has made front-page news out of a long-existing fact: there are some scary folk in the hard right faction of the Libs. Sometimes I wonder how they can coexist with a man of evident conscience like Petro Georgiou. Fine, it's a big tent, but surely there are limits? Is a middle-class upbringing and a heartfelt devotion to cutting taxes really enough to keep these people together?

I'm not entirely sure it is. If the Libs lose office, the post-election fallout is going to be vairy interesting. Stay tuned!


Mustapha Saiy said...

Some Islamic scholars consider there is only one sin - theft.

“When you kill a man, you steal a life. You steal his wife’s right to a husband, rob his children of a father. When you tell a lie, you steal someone’s right to the truth.
When you cheat, you steal the right to fairness.” -Khaled Hosseini.

Please hear this Liberals.

Little Arab Boy said...

Upon reflection, it was probably a deliberate style choice, but that doesn't make it any less dumb.

I wouldn't bet on the deliberate part. After all, there are some who think it is "Alu Akbar" (potato is greatest):

And others (who have apparently been researching Islamists for a long time) who can come out with:,25197,22597972-20261,00.html

The media doesn't make Muslims look bad. Terrorists who kill civilians while shouting "Allah Akhbar" make Muslims look bad.

Allah Akhbar translates as "God News". Perhaps it's the media angle that caused this slip-up.