Thursday, October 16, 2003

Joel "Yes, Reverend Robertson, I Think We Should Nuke the State Department" Mowbray's bright idea for the terror war, as articulated in a column he wrote last year:

Time to Engage Malaysia Is Now

...Although Malaysia is not a perfect nation, it is an ideal partner for combating terrorism....

Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, leader of the moderate ruling party, is already working to establish a positive relationship with the Bush administration. ...

By moving public opinion against hard-line politics, Mahathir has also managed to soften the main opposition party, which mostly consists of fundamentalist Muslims...

Though there has been cooperation between authorities in both countries, our national security can only be enhanced if we forge stronger ties with Malaysia.....

A few months later, ignoring Malaysia's dismal human-rights record, a smiling President Bush shook hands with Mohamad.


AP reports today:

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad on Thursday told a summit of Islamic leaders that "Jews rule the world by proxy" and the world's 1.3 billion Muslims should unite, using nonviolent means for a "final victory."

...Mahathir, who is known for his outspoken, anti-Western rhetoric, criticized what he described as Jewish domination of the world and Muslim nations' inability to adequately respond to it as he opened the meeting of Islamic leaders from 57 nations.

"The Europeans killed 6 million Jews out of 12 million, but today the Jews rule the world by proxy," Mahathir said. "They get others to fight and die for them."

...The prime minister, who has turned his country into the world's 17th-ranked trading nation during his 22 years in power, said Jews "invented socialism, communism, human rights and democracy" to avoid persecution and gain control of the most powerful countries.

Mahathir added that "1.3 billion Muslims cannot be defeated by a few million Jews," but he suggested using political and economic tactics instead of violence....

No surprise, really -- a few months ago, members of his party were handing out copies of The International Jew, Henry Ford's notorious anti-Semitic book.

Ain't realpolitik fun?

Oh well -- Mohamad is stepping down sometime this month.

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