In nursing school (I dropped out when it was time to do clinicals, because as it turns out I like dealing with computers more than I do sick people) we learned a lot of terminology in a short time by using funny cartoons and phrases. The suffix “oma” means a swelling or a tumor. Lymphoma, blastoma, adenoma… you get the idea. The cartoon in question was of a woman who’d just delivered twins. Other children were present, and the speech bubble over the oldest daughter read, “Oh Ma! Two more!” Oma = tumor – it’s a quick way to remember it. Earlier today, I posted links to some notable posts I read in my Google Reader, and now I have two more. I was reminded of the cartoon because they are related to a growing cancer in our society.
Joe at The Evangelical Outpost wrote about the war on civilians.
“There are 5,000 mosques in the region calling for jihad,” said Dr. Ali Aldabbagh.
That wasn’t the answer I expected when I asked Aldabbagh about his country’s biggest internal threat. Like the other bloggers gathered at the Heritage Foundation, I wasn’t prepared for the official spokesman for the government of Iraq to credit so much of the violence in his country to radical Islam. But Aldabbagh wanted to ensure we Americans recognized what is at stake and the reason why the violence will continue. “Iraq is not fighting a civil war,” he said. “We are defending against a war on civilians.”
And its not just in Iraq. As if to underscore Aldabbagh’s claim, Al Qaeda bombers in Algeria killed 33 people and injured 200 others this week. It was a reminder that Islamic terror remains a global phenomena. While insular America didn’t wake up to the threat until September 2001, Algeria has struggled against the radicals since 1992. During the past fifteen years, over 100,000+ Algerians have been killed.
And we’ve allowed how many young Saudis into our colleges in the last few years with little or no screening? (Thanks Mr. President!) We’re about to let in how many Palestinians with little or no screening? We ought to be offering asylum to Jews in France, which is becoming a hotbed of antisemitism. Or to young women in Norway, France and other European countries, where they are increasingly likely to be the victim of a tournante. Of those thousands of Saudis who are here, and Palestinians who are coming, they don’t all have to be terrorists. Far from it. 19 hijackers caused how many billion dollars worth of damage on 9/11? And less than a dozen in London on 7/7.
Aside from letting people in, we already have enough trouble with creeping sharia. Some cabbies won’t carry dogs or alcohol, yet still keep their license as public carriers. Some clerks won’t scan pork products. And now at Dhimmi Watch, a “hate crime” which is no crime at all is causing outrage. Is Clarksville, Tennessee, under Sharia law? The owner of a copy of the Quran left it on mosque steps with rude remarks and bacon in it. The book wasn’t stolen, and bacon and rude remarks are perfectly legal. The worst crime I can see here is littering. No, I take that back. The worst crime here is that the FBI might actually bend to pressure from CAIR and waste our tax dollars investigating this nonsense.
And just to be clear – the growing cancer is not Islam per se – it is terrorism and creeping sharia.