Islam is a political ideology with the trappings of a religion, and adherents who are zealous in their practice of Islam are engaging in political activism, often of the most radical and violent form.
For that reason we right-wing extremists regard vigorously practicing Muslims as a potential fifth column in their adopted countries in the West. As a result we are considered “racists” and “Islamophobes”.
But there is no secret about the lack of loyalty among Muslims in the West. Sedition is routinely recorded in opinion polls, proclaimed from the pulpit, broadcast over the airwaves, posted on the internet, and distributed in newspapers. One has to be willingly blind, stupid, or dead in order to ignore it.
Then from time to time outrageous traitors emerge who are too obvious to ignore. Take, for example, the case of Asmaa Abdol-Hamid, a candidate for the Danish Parliament. Zonka has kindly translated this article from Monday’s B.T.:
Asmaa: Fair to attack Danish soldiers in Iraq
Danish soldiers in Iraq are everyday being attacked with rockets and mortars. The violence by Iraqi insurgents is increasing, with dead and wounded as the result. But that is all right, according to Enhedslisten’s controversial candidate for parliament, Asmaa Abdol-Hamid.
In the latest issue of Socialistisk Arbejderavis [Socialist Workers’ Newspaper — translator] she encourages the support of the Iraqis in their fight against Danish and other foreign forces.
Yesterday B.T. caught the charismatic parliamentary candidate for Enhedslisten by phone.
What kind of fight is it that you want to support for the Iraqis?
“I support the Iraqi people’s movement against the occupation forces. As everybody else they have the right to live in a land where they decide for themselves.”
B.T. wrote Sunday that the Iraqi rebels are being paid 1,000 kr [approx. $180] every time they attack the Danish and British base in Basra.
Do you object to the Iraqis who are waging an armed fight against the Danish forces?
“I am not against an armed fight. It is a resistance fight, and thus it is completely fair,” says Asmaa Abdol-Hamid to B.T.
Asmaa’s statements are causing scandal and puzzlement at Christiansborg [location of Folketinget, the Danish parliament].
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“She is a confused young lady. She has said so much and contradicted herself so many times that one gets dizzy,” states Naser Khader, New Alliance.
“She’s got it completely wrong. It is the Iraqi government, which is legitimate and approved by the U.N., so it is that government one has to support,” says Naser Khader.
And the conservative Allan Niebuhr, who is chairman of the Parliament’s Defense Committee, is scandalized.
“It’s complete insanity. One can have many political opinions, but what she is saying openly calls for direct battle against Danish soldiers. It is very offensive,” he says to B.T.
In Enhedslisten there is support for Asmaa’s statements. Another member of parliament, Frank Aaen, supports the idea that the fight against Danish and other soldiers is legitimate.
“We are saddened every time a human dies in war, Danish, Iraqi or American. But resistance against an occupation force is completely legitimate — and we have been against the war from the start, and believe that the occupational forces should be called home.
“But we are at the same time against all forms of terror. In that I am convinced that Asmaa agrees, and thus there is nothing in which she is quoted for that points in any other direction,” says Frank Aaen to B.T.
Zonka adds a couple of comments:
- This interview is from the Multicultural newspaper B.T., which is far nicer to the views of Asmaa than others, and is trying to do damage control. Other newspapers are far less sympathetic.
- Asmaa has been reported to the police for violating section 100 (§100) in the criminal penalty code, which covers High Treason (Crimes against King and Country) as well as agitation for assault against the country. The report has been made by Rasmus Jarlov, a Conservative member of Parliament. (Jyllands-Posten)
Zonka has also translated an editorial on the topic of Asmaa from today’s Jyllands-Posten:
Editorial: The True Face
If there were even the slightest hope that Enhedslisten’s parliament candidate Asmaa Abdol-Hamid would listen, then one could patiently explain why her comparison between WWII and the Danish presence in Iraq is wrong.
One could tell her that the German troops weren’t invited to occupy Denmark by the Danish government. Even though one could criticize the cooperation policy, one cannot claim that the government invited Nazi Germany, not even to stay.
One could explain to her that neither the Danish or the other Western soldiers in Iraq are there as occupation troops, but on the contrary because the Iraqi government wants them there to help maintain the stability and security of the country.
However, there is no need to make the attempt, because Abdol-Hamid wouldn’t listen, and her agenda is different; she is not interested in historical facts.
When you think about it her statements about killing Danish soldiers are not really surprising, because it is the logical extension of her previous statements, which as a whole document that her sympathies lies somewhere other than with the Danish democracy.
What can surprise is what Enhedslisten wants with such a candidate. This party is to begin with an unusual mix of representatives of alternative points of view, but is strange that they choose a candidate who is a downright opponent of some of Enhedslisten’s core values, such as equality between the sexes.
The explanation seems to be the simple psychological mechanism, that “The enemy of my enemy is my friend.”
Members of Enhedslisten don’t like USA or the current Danish government. Neither does Abdol-Hamid. Thus she must be one of the good guys, and if she can secure votes from rabid Islamic groups, it is done in the service of a good cause.
So primitive seems to be the chain of reasoning.
The rest of us can rejoice that the candidate expresses her disgusting points of views so clearly that they serve as a grim warning.
Hat tip: Kepiblanc.