Less than twenty-four hours after protesters demonstrated and called for her death, Gillian Gibbons, the British teacher imprisoned in Sudan for naming a teddy bear Mohamed, expressed concern that her situation would cause people to resent Muslims. In a phone call from prison to her son in the UK, Gibbons said, "I don’t want any resentment towards Muslim people."
Gibbons had to be moved from the prison general population to a secure location due to the protests, the violence, and the threats to her life. But despite these things, she and her son discussed whether her situation was going to cause people to be angry and show resentment to Muslim people.
This is a perfect example of the extremes of difference between the British and American views of freedom and radical Islam. We are tolerant people who forgive. Radical Islam is steadfast in its complete and total intolerance of any thought, idea, or action, imagined or real, intended or accidental that is perceived in the slightest manner to go against their thought processes. While our response is to forgive, their response is to behead or crucify. While we try to defend Islamic Nations, such as Kuwait, their response is to declare war or jihad upon us.
Unfortunately, this radical Islamic system of beliefs, and the Terrorism that is associated with it, is not new. The only thing new is the CURRENT excuse for their barbarism.
For those that do not know history, the first war fought by the United States (after gaining Independence) was against Islamic Terrorists who preyed on Christian and Non-Islamic shipping. In 1786 Thomas Jefferson and John Adams met with Sidi Haji Abdul Rahman Adja to ask why Americans were being killed and enslaved without any provocation. The response was:
That it was founded on the Laws of their Prophet, that it was written in their Qur'an, that all nations who should not have acknowledged their authority were sinners, that it was their right and duty to make war upon them wherever they could be found, and to make slaves of all they could take as Prisoners, and that every Musselman [Muslim] who should be slain in Battle was sure to go to Paradise.In 1801 Yusuf Karamanli declared war against the United States after President Jefferson refused to pay tribute demanded by Karamanli. Congress did not declare war in this instance, but provided President Jefferson with authorization to take military action (this is starting to sound very familiar). The Navy and Marines then went "to the shores of Tripoli" to subdue the pirates.
The second war against these Islamic terrorist was fought in 1815. The terrorist believed the United States was distracted by the War of 1812 and again began killing, enslaving, and terrorizing Americans and American shipping. Again, Congress did not declare war but did authorize military action.
I guess this proves that History tends to repeat itself.
For hundreds of years, Islamic Extremism has flourished. The idea of executing a person for a perceived insult is nothing new. Attacking, killing and enslaving people because of they are not Muslim, is nothing new. The idea that we could somehow appease these extremists or that the cause of their actions is because we sent female troops to Saudi Arabia is beyond ridiculous. They hate us because we exist, they hate us because we exercise freedom; they hate us because we do not believe exactly what the are ordering and demanding us to believe.
Mrs. Gibbons' concern that her situation would would cast a bad light on all Muslims is honorable. It shows that she is a forgiving "Christian" woman, who is willing to forgive even though SHE was clearly wronged and her life has been threatened with death. This is in stark contrast to the Islamic Extremist response of strapping on a bomb, filling a car with TNT, or hijacking a plane full of people, and causing as much carnage, chaos, death and destruction as they can, for the smallest PERCEIVED slights.
There is hope for Gibbons and a possible pardon.
Yesterday, Gibbons was visited by two British Lawmakers who are both Muslims. Lord Ahmed and Baroness Warsi, flew to Sudan on their own dime (or shilling, as the case may be) to work on securing Gibbons release. The UK is putting pressure on Sudan to grant a pardon. Over the last five years, the UK has provided $671 million (326 million GBP) in aid to Sudan.
Gibbons did say that she is being treated well by her guards, and that her jailers are going out of their way to make sure she is being treated well.
It is nice that she is being treated well, but it was Extremism, Intollerance and Barbarism that has put her in jail in the first place and outside the walls of the jail thousands are still calling for her death.
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