Plenty of Cash and No Money

Nicholas van Hoogstraten has been arrested in Zimbabwe. He achieve notariety here in the UK a few years ago because he was convicted of for the manslaughter of a business associate and later cleared, but eventually paid out civil damages. The arrest in Zimbabwe has nothing to do with this. It has to do with possessing foreign currency and demand rent for some of his 200 Zimbabwean properties in something other than Zimbabwean currency.

He did accept some local currency. In fact he had far more of it than anything else. There was Z$20,000,000,000 with the money that police confiscated. That’s right: 20 billion. The only thing is that with an exchange rate of over Z$30,000 to US$1 – or about Z$60,000 to £1 – $20 billion doesn’t go very far.

I say all of this not to say anything about Nicholas van Hoogstraten, but rather about the economy of Zimbabwe. This is the degree to which Robert Mugabe has destroyed his country. This is why people are starving in a land that used to be the bread basket of Africa.

Baying for Blood

It’s the story that just won’t go away. Officials have had to secretly move Gillian Gibbons from the jail in Khartoum where she was being held because of the threats to her life. As reported tonight by the Daily Telegraph:

Sheikh Abdul Jalil Karuri, a leading cleric, earlier whipped up a crowd attending Khartoum’s Martyr’s Mosque by telling them Gillian Gibbons had deliberately named her class’s teddy bear Mohammed “with the intention of insulting Islam.”

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Knife-wielding crowds protest in Khartoum

Later the protestors joined other worshippers to congregate in Martyrs Square, in the centre of the capital, where they chanted “Shame, shame on the UK”.

“Those who insult the Prophet of Islam should be punished with bullets,” the crowd shouted after Gibbons, 54, was jailed for 15 days on charges stemming from naming a teddy bear Mohammed.

Others shouted “execute her” before large crowds of people who had congregated outside the British embassy, some on horseback, dispersed peacefully.

This is a type of Islam that must be confronted. This is Jihad that must be met with Crusade. It is a clear and present danger. To continue to appease it is a foolish course of action. Unfortunately, the West does not have anything near the resolve imagined in the delusional minds of the sheiks, mullahs, and imams that whip up the frenzy.

With a post-Christian pan-religionist Europe, the only country with the ability to do anything is the US.  However, the US can’t do anything without being accused of imperialism. It also lacks the willpower to effect real change. After all, it overthrew the Taliban in Afghanistan only to install another Islamist regime where Christianity is still outlawed.

This is one reason I do not support withdrawal of troops from Iraq. To leave Iraq is to give victory to the Islamist insurgency.  It is to make the world a less safe place.

Sharia Injustice

At least she avoided the lash. Ten more days in jail and Gillian Gibbons will be deported from Sudan.

The Sudanese still have a lot for which to answer. Any conviction was clearly bowing to Islamist pressure. I suppose you have to give them credit for guarding her transportation to and from the kangaroo court, so those who wanted her dead could not carry out their desires. Of course she’s still not out of the country.

The deportation is probably unnecessary after her ordeal. I’m sure she would be happy to skedaddle before the bounty on her head gets any bigger. After all, she’s part of the Western plot against Islam. It’s a common cause for middle-aged primary school teachers. And what could undermine the Islamic hegemony to a greater extent than naming a teddy after a 7th century travelling salesman turned relgious leader? What’s a mere war in Afghanistan or the struggle against the insurgency in Iraq or even the possibility of an attack on Iran when compared to a teddy named Muhammad?

Only One Option

In my previous post, I wondered what Islamist radicals would want to do with Gillian Gibbons, since the moderates wanted her to receive the maximum sentence allowed by law. It seems for some the law isn’t enough. Who needs the restraints of Sharia if there’s a killing to be had? As reported today:

A statement circulated by members of the Muslim Brotherhood – a multinational Sunni Islamist movement and the world’s most influential political Islamist group – also condemned her actions.

“We want to express our boiling anger and deep sorrow about this case caused by this British teacher,” it said.

“We want to tell you that the majority of Sudanese are Muslims so we love our Prophet Mohammed so much and we decry this careless way of dealing with our beloved Prophet.”

One of its authors, 27-year- old Elsheikh El Nour, added: “If she made an innocent mistake and did not mean Mohammed the Prophet (when naming the bear) there is no problem.

“But if she did mean Mohammed the Prophet, she must die.”

 Seems there’s no two ways about it. Name a bear after Muhammad: die. This isn’t from a purely Sudanese group. This is a multinational Islamist group.

Islamic Savages

Gillian Gibbons is now closer to getting a good beating for naming a teddy after the False Prophet Muhammad. She’s now been officially charged with insulting religion, inciting hatred and showing contempt for religious beliefs.

If the Sudanese government do not effect the release of Ms Gibbon, the British government should simply sever diplomatic relations with Khartoum. We have no business doing business with them.

As the BBC has reported:

Sudan’s top clerics have called for the full measure of the law to be used against Mrs Gibbons and labelled her actions part of a Western plot against Islam.

“What has happened was not haphazard or carried out of ignorance, but rather a calculated action and another ring in the circles of plotting against Islam,” the Sudanese Assembly of the Ulemas said a statement.

The semi-official clerics body is considered relatively moderate and is believed to have the ear of the Sudanese government.

That’s right. The clerics calling for the maximum sentence and seeing this primary school teacher as part of the “Western plot against Islam” are moderates. Think of what the radical clerics want.

Sadly, there is not even a plot against Islam. No one seems to be bothered to help the Christian south of Sudan overthrow the Muslim north, or even protect them. The Muslims have committed unspeakable atrocities against the Christians, slaughtering them for refusing to convert to Islam. They gang-rape women and cut off their breasts. Others they sell into slavery. All cultures and religions are equal, you know.