Here we go again. It all so hard to understand. Non-Muslims cannot read the Qur’an and understand it. It just doesn’t mean what it seems to mean at face value (particularly, but not limited to, Surat At-Tawba). The Hadith is the same way. I have read and studied volumes and volumes of it, but I don’t get it. It doesn’t really mean what it appears to mean. Nor do the teachings of the schools of Islamic law actually mean what they seem to. If I were a Muslim I would understand it all. If I had only read Book X or Tract Y, which I clearly haven’t seen, then this mountain of evidence that Islam teaches warfare against and subjugation of infidels would melt away like ice cream in the summer sun. But it is just too complex for outsiders. It is a mountain too steep to climb. Give it up. Let us explain it all for you. It is a word of peace, you see. A message of love and brotherhood. Nothing to be concerned about. Nothing at all. Go back to sleep.
Oh, and Ahmadinejad’s Holocaust remarks? Nothing there, you see. Nothing. You misunderstand, as usual. Jihad? Genocide? Anti-Semitism? Mais non! Love, brotherhood, and peace. Courageous stands decrying the outrages committed against the Palestinians. Don’t you see?
“Iran Official Recasts Holocaust Comments,” from AP, with thanks to JE:
ATHENS, Greece – The Iranian president’s widely condemned remarks about Israel and the Holocaust were “misunderstood” by Western governments, Iran’s interior minister said Friday.
Although “all Iranians” agree with them.
Speaking on the sidelines of an Athens conference on immigration, Mostafa Pur Mohammadi told The Associated Press: “Actually the case has been misunderstood. (President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad) did not mean to raise this matter.
“He wanted to say that if certain people have created troubles for the Jewish community they should bear the expenses, and it is not others who should pay for that.”…
Arab governments appeared reluctant to condemn Ahmadinejad. In Saudi Arabia, government-controlled newspapers picked up the remarks from international news agencies but did not comment on them.