Friday, October 17, 2003

Spooky, very spooky possums

While at the gym I caught a bit of Mahathir Mohamed, that charming example of Islamic tolerance and democracy who imprisoned his political rival for being gay, at the Organisation of the Islamic Conference on CNN.

Here are a few gems:

"Today the Jews rule the world by proxy"

"Israel is the enemy"

"They [Jews] invented and successfully promoted socialism, communism, human rights and democracy so that persecuting them would appear to be wrong, so they may enjoy equal rights with others."

The first two are not that unusual, they are beliefs surprisingly common even amongst the Left. The third is the most interesting. For Mohamed, democracy and human rights are a BAD thing, they are part of the Jewish conspiracy to dominate the world. That's why he has no interest in applying these concepts in the country he lords over.

This message was warmly received by the conference members.

And liberals wonder why Israelis support Sharon.

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