More On The Madness Of Muslim: Xenophobic Flailings, And The ‘Religion Of Peace’ Is Failing…

moderate_muslimMuslims the world over whine on about persecution and stereotypes, when the majority of the news seems to reinforce these epithets. Truly, the pedophiliac Muhammad did us all a disservice when he imprinted his delusions on the people around him, plaguing the world with yet another unique brand of crazy.

Timbuktu world heritage site attacked by Islamists

Islamists armed with Kalashnikovs and pick-axes have destroyed the centuries-old mausoleums of saints in the Unesco-listed city of Timbuktu in front of shocked locals, witnesses say.

The attack by the al-Qaida-linked Ansar Dine group came days after Unesco placed Timbuktu on its list of heritage sites in danger and will recall the 2001 dynamiting by the Taliban of two sixth-century statues of Buddha carved into a cliff in Bamiyan in central Afghanistan.

“They are armed and have surrounded the sites with pick-up trucks. The population is just looking on helplessly,” said a local journalist, Yeya Tandina.

Tandina and other witnesses said Ansar Dine had already destroyed the mausoleums of three local saints – Sidi Mahmoud, Sidi el-Mokhtar and Alfa Moya – and at least seven tombs.

“The mausoleum doesn’t exist any more and the cemetery is as bare as a soccer pitch,” a local teacher, Abdoulaye Boulahi, said of the Mahmoud burial place.

“There’s about 30 of them breaking everything up with pick-axes and hoes. They’ve put their Kalashnikovs down by their side. These are shocking scenes for the people in Timbuktu,” said Boulahi.

Ansar Dine backs strict sharia law, and considers the shrines of the local Sufi version of Islam to be idolatrous. Sufi shrines have also been attacked by hardline Salafists in Egypt and Libya in the past year.

Locals said the attackers had threatened to destroy all of the 16 main mausoleum sites. The Unesco director general, Irina Bokova, called for an immediate halt. Late on Saturday, Tandina said Ansar Dine had halted the attacks. Attempts to contact members of the group were unsuccessful.

Ansar Dine has gained the upper hand over less-well-armed Tuareg-led separatists since the two joined forces to rout government troops and seize control in April of the northern two-thirds of the inland west African state.

The sites date from Timbuktu’s golden age in the 16th century. Located on an old Saharan trading route along which salt from the Arab north was exchanged for gold and slaves from the south, Timbuktu blossomed as an Islamic seat of learning, home to priests, scribes and jurists.

Mali had in recent years sought to create a desert tourism industry around Timbuktu, but even before April’s rebellion many tourists were being discouraged by a spate of kidnappings of westerners in the region claimed by al-Qaida-linked groups.

Unesco’s world heritage committee said this week it had accepted the request of the Malian government to place Timbuktu on its list of endangered heritage sites.

“The committee … also asked Mali’s neighbours to do all in their power to prevent the trafficking in cultural objects from these sites,” it said.

The rebel seizure of the north came as the southern capital, Bamako, was struggling with the aftermath of a coup on 22 March.

Mali’s neighbours are seeking UN backing for a military intervention to stabilise the country but security council members say they need more details on the mission being planned.

And who are the Ansar Dine, exactly? More insane shitheads:

The group seeks to impose sharia law across Mali, including the Azawad region. Witnesses have said that Ansar Dine fighters wear long beards and fly black flags with the Shahada (Islamic creed) inscribed in white. According to different reports, unlike the National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad (MNLA), Ansar Dine does not seek independence but rather to keep Mali intact and convert it into a rigid theocracy.

Oh, fucking joy. More nutters who want to dictate the terms of how others live. How droll, how novel – NOT.

To paraphrase Hitchens, you can pretty much get away with any fucking thing, if you don the robes of a holy man and declare that the voices in your head are divine revelation.

The fires of fanaticism need to be put out. The only better world, is one where nobody has to live in fear of their lives. And as long as we accommodate these madmen, this shall never be.

Till the next post, then.

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10 Responses to More On The Madness Of Muslim: Xenophobic Flailings, And The ‘Religion Of Peace’ Is Failing…

  1. Rational, Scientific & Anti-Religious, & worried says:

    A well placed and delivered Nuclear device over Mecca, would help solve this problem

  2. Stardust says:

    RS&A, I don’t think that would work. Islamists are everywhere and it would be like poking a hornets nest. They would all go worldwide nuts and violent on everyone. However, why are authorities just standing by allowing these asshats to destroy centuries old heritage site when anyone elsecwould be shot or dragged off to prison!

  3. KA says:

    A well placed and delivered Nuclear device over Mecca, would help solve this problem

    You’re…you’re joking, surely? That’s a psychotic’s response. Innocent women & children be damned?
    You should take the ‘Rational’ outta your nick.

  4. Stardust says:

    KA, I agree with you. Nuking an entire population is totally irrational. Counter terrorism is NOT going to solve anything.

  5. buckeyenonbeliever says:

    Dear Anti-Religious (I could not in good conscience address you as Rational) , fanatical religious fundamentalism is similar to a virus. It spreads from one “sick” person to another until an antidote is developed and applied to eradicate the virus.

    We eradicate the virus, NOT the people infected with the virus. Your post sounds no better than that of a radical religionist, and about the reasoning level of an elementary school child. Please do better than this, and please do us all a favor and do not post your physcotic musings in the name of atheists or reasoning beings…….you give us ALL a bad name.

    Finally, the encouraging news is the antidote has been developed. It is a blend of 3 ‘cocktails’: freedom, education, and reason. The antidote works wonders on people when all 3 are applied together; sadly it is absolutly ineffective when any of these ingredients are omitted.

    Here is to the continuation of the eradication of the virus called religion!!!!

  6. Stardust says:

    Well said, buckeye….

  7. ChuckA says:

    Yes, echoing Stardust…
    thanks, “buckeye”, for your more reasonable and most sensible atheist comment. The knee-jerk “Nuke” NON-solution has been proferred way too often in many instances since the end of WWII; which is exactly the absolute WRONG response to ANY World problem. Personally, I’m embarrassed by the insane overkill number of Nuclear Weapons we Americans throw our good money towards in the continuation of our so-called “Defense Arsenal”.
    [I've done some commenting in the past on GifS about that Google-worthy subject; which is a rather eye-opening, and scary, topic in itself.]

    In particular, Your last sentence expresses the true challenge we all face in fighting the nature of the problem…religions are all akin to numerous variations of SERIOUS, long entrenched, mental viruses…much like ancient deadly cancers, which have been morphing into rather astounding offshoots for thousands of years.

    At least, as “out-of-the-closet atheists”, we’re taking the necessary first step of at least RECOGNIZINTG and highlighting the enormity of the problem. All we can practically (and safely?) do, however, amounts to definitely NOT shutting up in expressing and standing our ground for the actual reasonable and demonstrably evidential FACTS of any like matters.

    And, lest I forget (in my “hot summer” blabbing), my thanks to KA for regularly keeping us all informed of this and other particularly disturbing and insane stories.
    What!…”Thanks, KA…I needed that!” :shock: Erm…I mean: :)

  8. ChuckA says:

    ^ Damn!…no matter what, there’s ALWAYS some dumb, totally asinine, mistake that shows up AFTER, of course, posting a comment…no matter what “careful” steps I take.
    RECOGNIZINTG…WTF?
    Yeah…make that RECOGNIZING.
    SHEESH!!! Of course (anally)…I’ll definitely blame it on the fucking summer heat!
    (Or…ala Monty Python?):
    “My BRAIN!” ;)

  9. Brodie says:

    Trying to fight them at their own game, with explosives, is definitely not the answer. That would teach that we are no better than they are. That our “reason” is just as ludicrious as their “truth”. We need to show them how peacefull we can be without the need of their crutch, through education. The hard part will be getting past the “old guard”, who see any education as a threat.

  10. Mark says:

    freedom, education, and reason…and might I add, embarrass them for their foolish beliefs without researching their flavor of religion.

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