This situation with Iran, Muslims et al vs Pope, Christians, and the West is getting rather nasty:
Al Qaeda militants in Iraq (AQ in Iraq? Feingold says no! -ed) vowed war on "worshippers of the cross" and protesters burned a papal effigy on Monday over Pope Benedict's comments on Islam, while Western churchmen and statesmen tried to calm passions.Someone should remind these folks of the behind-whipping they're getting in Afghanistan and Iraq right now. Or perhaps thats what they mean? Maybe the Pope's audacity has convinced them to resign? Take notes Kofi, because this stuff is solid gold. Jacques Chirac would use similar tactics to stop Islamic rioting in his country, but he's
"We tell the worshipper of the cross (the Pope) that you and the West will be defeated, as is the case in Iraq, Afghanistan, Chechnya," said a Web statement by the Mujahideen Shura Council.
"It is not my role or my intention to comment on the Pope's statements. I simply want to say, on a general level ... that we must avoid anything that excites tensions between peoples or between religions," Chirac said on Europe 1 radio.They're such nice people though, Jacques. Surely there is no reason for them to become unreasonably upset about this whole thing. Lest you forget, 'Islam' means peace:
"We must avoid making any link between Islam, which is a great, respected and respectable religion, and radical Islamism, which is a totally different activity and one of a political nature," Chirac added.
"We shall break the cross and spill the wine ... God will (help) Muslims to conquer Rome ... (May) God enable us to slit their throats, and make their money and descendants the bounty of the mujahideen," said the statement, posted on Sunday on an Internet site often used by al Qaeda and other militant groups.Of course, Iran says that this is all a ploy by the evil western Zionists to bring about the seventy-second Imam, or somesuch. Oh wait, that would be this guy.
Iran's supreme leader Ali Khamenei has said remarks by the pope on Islam and violence were just the latest "links in the chain" of a US-Israeli conspiracy aimed at creating conflict between religions.
"Leaders of the arrogant imperialists have already defined the links of the chain in this US-Zionist project by attacking Iraq," Khamenei said in comments broadcast on state television.