As we in the United States sat in horror, watching the views of a dozen people mowed down by Islamic gunmen in the Paris offices of Charlie Hebdo magazine, we were confronted once again, with the stark fact that there is a civilizational clash between Western liberal democracies and the world of Islamism.
Many of us first became aware of the disproportionate extent of rage that the Islamists have over any depiction of their prophet in 1988, when Salman Rushdie first published his Satanic Verses. This fictionalized account of the prophet Mohammed led to a fatwa calling for his assassination, bringing the writer into hiding for most of his life. This was the opening salvo on our Western freedoms, fired from Tehran, by none other than the Iranian Supreme leader, the late Ayatollah Rouhella Khomeini on Feb. 14, 1989.
In 2004, the Dutch film-maker, Theo Van Gough, while working on a film with the Somalian born writer Ayaan Hirsi Ali about the treatment of women under Islam, was assassinated with a note pinned to his chest, saying “Ayaan, You’ re next.”
Sometimes death is the chosen method of the Islamist’s muzzling of our Western values of freedom of speech, freedom of the press and artistic expression. Sometimes there is a method that may be less pernicious to the life of the individual artist or writer but clearly damaging to the fabric of liberal, democratic societies.
In 2003, Dr. Rachel Ehrenfeld wrote the book, “Funding Evil: How Terrorism is Financed and How to Stop it”. The book specifically details how certain individuals, organizations, charities, banks, money laundering schemes and corrupt officials all contribute to the funding of terrorism.
One of the individuals highlighted in the book was Saudi billionaire Khalid ben Mahfouz who had been engaged in money laundering from funds raised in the form of a “Zakat’, a charitable contribution to Islamic charities, to finance several Islamic terrorist operations, including Al Qaida and Hamas. Mr. Mahfouz shopped around the globe in search of a jurisdiction in which the libel laws are particularly onerous towards the defendant. He found that in British courts, the defendant is presumed guilty before proven innocent. He then purchased 23 copies of the book through the internet, had them shipped to an English address, and in January of 2004, Rachel Ehrenfeld was sued in a British court. This process has been known as “libel terrorism”, or “libel tourism”.
Ms. Ehrenfeld courageously refused to subject herself and her American first amendment rights to the British judicial system. Because of her refusal to show up in court, Mahfouz won on a default judgment, and Ms. Ehrenfeld was ordered to pay $200,000 and to issue a statement of apology to Mahfouz.
We will never win this long, civilizational war if we cower to the Islamist bullies on the global playground, and are not prepared to defend our liberties and to stand up for the truth. We should long remember the words of Stephen Charbonnier, Charlie Hebdo’s editor who was gunned down in Wednesday’s attack, “Without freedom of speech we are dead. We can’t live in a country without freedom of speech. I prefer to die than live like a rat.”
Full article: Western civilization is under assault and bowing is not a solution (World Tribune)