Update: Thanks to Pistache for the suggested title change.
Nicolas Sarkozy, like George W. Bush, has looked into the heart of Islam, and likes what he sees.
Like Mr. Bush he was not raised as Muslim, yet claims to know what “true Islam” is all about. All the slaughtering, beheading, raping, stoning, cutting off of hands and feet, dressing women in tents — all that’s the fake Islam.
The real Islam is something else, and it’s just fine and dandy.
Islam means “peace”. Peace in our time.
How do we know? Well… We just know!
The latest sickening news from Sarko is the inauguration of a new wing at the Louvre dedicated to Islamic art and financed in part by — you guessed it — Saudi Arabia. Here’s the story today from free.fr (my translation):
Nicolas Sarkozy lays the first stone of the new rooms for the Arts of Islam at the Louvre
PARIS (AP) — “France is a friend of Arab countries,” assured Nicolas Sarkozy on Wednesday while laying the foundation stone of new rooms for the Arts of Islam at the Louvre.
The head of state was speaking to Prince Alwalid Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia, King Abdullah’s nephew and an important donor to the project.
“Islam is the bearer of one of the oldest and most prestigious civilizations in the world” and this exhibition is “an opportunity for the French and all visitors to the Louvre to see that Islam is progress, science, refinement, modernity,” declared Nicolas Sarkozy.
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“Fanaticism in the name of Islam is a distortion of Islam,” he said. “Killing in the name of Islam disgraces Islam” and “not to respect women’s rights in the name of Islam disgraces Islam.”
“France wants peace, France does not want the clash of civilizations between East and West,” said the French president. “France says to the Arab countries that it will help them acquire the energy of the future, nuclear energy used for peaceful civilian purposes.”
Nicolas Sarkozy hailed “the action of the King of Saudi Arabia for a dialogue among religions. France admires it and supports it,” he said. “His meeting with his holiness the pope is one of the past year’s strong points in the service of peace,” opined the French president.
In a total area of 6,500 square meters on three levels, new rooms for the Arts of Islam at the Louvre will open in December 2010. Work will begin in September 2008. The project is budgeted to cost a total of 86 million euros, of which 20 million euros is financed by France and 17 million by the Saudi Prince Alwalid Ben Talal Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud.
Hat tip: Cyber-résistant.