Thursday, December 13, 2007

Storm Track Disinformation: Islam Awareness Week Promotes Understanding - NOT!

In a counter propaganda move to offset the successful Islamo-Fascism Week held on campuses around the country several weeks ago, The Muslim Student Union of UC Irvine held several events to showcase Islam Awareness Week.

Put on your high boots because you won’t get out of this post without a big shovel!

The first speaker was Yvonne Ridley. You’ll remember her as the British reporter who snuck into Afghanistan to do a story on the Taliban and got more than she bargained for. She was captured and the persuasive powers of the Taliban made her have a change of heart and she left as a convert to Islam. And of course, she wrote a book about Afghanistan that read like a Fodor’s travel guide.

After entering a small village near Jalalabad in Afghanistan, Ridley experienced a “hospitality that was only outstripped by curiosity.” Ridley explained that when the locals found out she was a foreigner, instead of retreating, they spoke with her about their experiences post-9/11. Many did not understand what those attacks had to do with Afghanistan, as the hijackers were mostly from Saudi Arabia.

Ridley described herself as having many of the typical Western stereotypes of Muslim women. However, after speaking with a few Afghan women, she quickly found that they were not “quiet Afghan women hiding,” but “larger than life” and very well educated.

Ahhh…How sweet! I guess being a woman in Afghanistan is something close to paradise. I wonder where these women she spoke to got an education since schooling is forbid for women by the Taliban.

Ridley refused to convert to Islam when asked to do so by a religious cleric. However, she promised to read the Qur’an and learn more about Islam if they let her go. Instead, she was moved to the “grimmest third-world prison.” Four days later, she was released into Pakistan.

I wonder at that time she felt a like a woman ‘larger than life’. But Ridley kept her promise like a good submissive woman should and the rest is – a book.

Is this BS getting deep enough for you? No? Then wait.

Summer Bowie, a fourth-year dance major, learned about the role of women in Islam from Ridley’s lecture. She “didn’t know Muslim women played such big roles in Iraq and Afghanistan … and about women’s role in Islam.”

Yeah – as punching bags. Sheeezz.

And here it comes….

On Wednesday at Noon, Amir Abdel Malik Ali presented a speech about “iPod Nation” and materialism in the United States. Ali believes that the “purpose of the media is to keep people locked into a fake world, a matrix, that destroys your health, intellectuality, morality, ethics and spirituality.”

Ali commented on the rising number of foreclosures in Southern California and the amount of debt that more and more Americans find themselves in everyday. “Debt is a form of slavery … when people are struggling for basics, it robs them of time to organize and to change their lifestyle” to focus on more important things, like belief and family.

See? It’s those damn capitalists fault. Now if we all lived in a socialist environmentally correct utopia and forsake the amenities of our technological society, we would all have the peace that Islam promises.

But Sheikh Khaled Yasin’s presentation was of note and show the misunderstanding that Muslims have about a free, open and tolerant society which Muslims claim to believe in.

He used the Danish cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad as a terrorist as an example of ignorance. Yasin believes that the cartoonists “didn’t understand the seriousness of what they did.

Doesn’t sound like a parent scolding its child? While in reality, it’s Islam that’s the society that never grew up into a responsible citizen of the 21st century.

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  • Dear Blogger,
    Please do allow me to enlighten you.
    Women were educated under the Taliban ... sadly, you need to do some serious digging and investigating instead of allowing yourself to be spoonfed propaganda.
    I returned to Kabul in February 2002 just as the university re-opened. Guess what - more girls than boys had passed the entrance exam. Hmm. I wonder how they achieved that without an education?

    I did not keep my promise 'like a good submissive woman' as you put it. I kept my word because that is what honorable people do. You may have a long distance relationship with chivalry, honour, truth and other such words. But I come from a part of the world (England) where our word is our bond.

    Unlike the author of this diatribe, I am extremely well travelled and have made it a point to talk, discuss and converse with women as well as men. I have visited iraq many times (not in a B52, with a tin hat or hiding in the Green Zone either) and also Afghanistan. I am coming from a point of knowledge, unlike the author who appears to be stuck in the twilight zone.

    If you want to know more about me, or educate yourself you can visit my website or you can tune in to Press TV and watch my twice-weekly political-economic discussion show The Agenda. (

    Thankfully, the majority of students and others I met during my two weeks in california were educated, open-minded and willing to listen.

    If you are serious about educating yourself I suggest you do all three ... I will address your long distance relationship with english grammar on another occasion.

    Kindest regards
    Yvonne Ridley,
    journalist and author

    By Anonymous yvonne Ridley, at 5:47 AM  

  • Ms. Ridley

    I am honored that you found and responded to my humble blog. I have read you’re comments and I’m ready to take issue with them.

    First off, I have not read anywhere that women were educated by the Taliban nor have I heard anyone speak of such a thing. Women lived in abject fear and bondage under the Taliban regime. The only education they received form them was who to submit as a second class human being. Please direct me to those sources that refute this claim.

    As for the number of women who where accepted into the university, we have no understanding as to the academic level required for acceptance. I highly doubt it would equal those acceptance levels here and in the UK. If those women achieved some level of education it was certainly not because the Taliban wished it so. I would assume women did so in the dark of night hidden away in rooms outside the knowledge of the Taliban.

    And please don’t reference Iraq. My post dealt with your experience and conversion in Afghanistan. Iraq is another matter. Those women under the rule of Saddam had access to education and were not prevented from seeking it.

    So point me to your sources - if not I only accept your comments as propaganda from someone suffering form the Helsinki syndrome.

    Now on to your comment about my grammar.

    There are many forms of writing. Scholarly, journalistic, non-fiction, instructive – and the new kid on the block – writing for the web. All of which I have written in some time in my life.

    That’s called conversational English. When writing for the web your style has to be as if you were speaking to someone in front of you. Such conversational writing is not restrained by the King’s English. You need to make your point quickly and in a manner easy to read and understand. Proper grammar in this case gives way to effective communication.


    By Blogger WC, at 9:20 AM  

  • WC,
    You struck a nerve with this posting, did you? Well done!

    I note that Ms. Ridley descended to the old standby--the ad hominem attack. For someone who claims to esteem honor and good manners, I find her acerbic tone very ironic.

    That comment about your grammar is funny: I will address your long distance relationship with english grammar on another occasion. According to accempted grammar rules, "English" should be capitalized, just as any proper adjective (I note that Ms. Ridley capitalized "England," from which "English" derives). I could nitpick her grammar even more, but I have better things to do. I don't find any point in preaching to the brainwashed.

    By Blogger Always On Watch, at 3:47 AM  

  • ah, yes - they will seek you out and pee down your neck and try to convince you it's raining.

    perhaps she should get an interview with aqsa parvez? oh, wait - my terrible - her dad strangled her due to some silly thing called "honor".

    she is obviously an egomaniac - having had to google HERSELF in order to find this post, which btw is a very exacting piece of information.


    By Blogger nanc, at 4:18 AM  

  • There's less to Ms Ridley than meets the eye.

    First, she's less a journalist, more a toadie. When presenting The Agenda on the cable channel Islam Channel, she let former Malaysian Prime Minister mouth a tirade against the US. Mahathir: "...the present government of the United States... These are really war criminals. That is why we think that something has to be done against the United States... if you stop using the U.S. dollar... Even if you want to sell oil, you can continue to sell oil, but insist on being paid in euros, or yen, or whatever... If you do that, then the U.S. dollar will not be half the value that it has today, and if it doesn't have the value that it has today, it cannot spend money producing arms and supporting aggressive actions by the Israelis." Ridley responds ""So do you really think that there are Arab leaders who, if they had the will to change currency, that they could bring America to its knees?" Mahathir: "There may not be anybody who is willing to be high profile in this matter, but they can do this quietly. There are ways of doing this which would be just as effective, not sounding very belligerent." She never challenges anything Mahathir says.

    Second, she can cost her employers money. Ridley stood as a candidate in the UK elections in May 2006 and continued to present this programme. The Islam Channel was fined £30,000 for this breach of the regulatory authority's broadcasting code.

    Third, she sleeps with wolves. Ridley is a presenter for IRNA TV, Iranian Press TV, a channel that makes Al Jazeera TV look like Fox News. Only recently, the failed terrorist attacks at Glasgow Airport were described in a story headlined "More threadbare propaganda from the west" and the reporter finished by suggesting that the attacks were staged by the UK government, in order to tarnish the image of Muslims enraged by the knighting of Salman Rushdie.

    And fourth, she is paranoid. After the London 7/7 bombings, the then head of the Muslim Council of Britain, a CAIR-type organisation, visited the northern towns from where three of the four bombers originated but he was given the cold shoulder by most members of the bombers' communities. Why? According to Ridley, because Iqbal Sacranie had accepted a knighthood, a common British honour, and this linked him to the Crusades!!!!!

    By Anonymous Francis, London, at 11:54 AM  

  • "However, after speaking with a few Afghan women, she quickly found that they were not “quiet Afghan women hiding,” but “larger than life” and very well educated."

    Well Miss Ridley, if they were such emancipated citizens of afghanistan, did they not indeed deserve to take their retribution after the afghan based terrorist attack on the USA? (What was so "chivalrous" about that event by the way?)

    Yvonne Ridley, go back to your true homeland, wherever that is. And do stop masquerading as an Englishwoman. England despises you. Afghanistan doesn't give a toss about you. Try France...

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:58 PM  

  • "Thankfully, the majority of students and others I met during my two weeks in california were educated, open-minded and willing to listen."

    That's the best argument for banning recreational drugs I ever came across. And I'm a libertarian.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:01 PM  

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