This freeing of Teddy Bear teacher Gillian Gibbons was based not on some new view that Muslims had arrived at, some new understanding of the primitiveness of their reactions, and desire to change their attitudes. There will be no discussion, in the ranks of Muslim clerics, in the Sudan or elsewhere, about the absurdity of the original charge, the original punishment, the original “good-natured” crowds in Khartoum “good-naturedly” screaming for Gibbons’ “good-natured” decapitation.
The “freeing” of Gibbons, after what has already been an ordeal, may lead to a further unseemly spectacle. For it is not unlikely, it is likely, that she will return to England, and safely home, instead of discussing her amazement at the crazed behavior of so many Sudanese, and the Sudanese government, and the supposedly “advanced” parents — it’s the Sudanese elite that sends its children to the school at which Gibbons taught — she will tell us all, possibly selling her story to the tabloids, just how well-treated she was by her Sudanese captors, how wonderful those children and the Sudanese “in general” had been. She will even add, no doubt, that if things die down a bit, she wouldn’t hesitate to return to the Sudan and take up teaching again if she were asked to do so.
Of course, she may surprise us. She may not end up gushing insensately about what happened to her, as so many Western hostages taken by Muslims do. They seem unable to understand the significance of what happened, and certainly incapable of publicly stating what one should state about such treatment, and such a government, and such a Total Belief System of which, I am sure, Mrs. Gibbons has not the faintest idea. She doesn’t look as though she might in a year pull an Yvonne-Ridley, and “embrace Islam” after being invited to study it by a local imam, eager to win her favor, and then some. But who knows? Nowadays anything is possible when it comes to non-Muslim naifs who have been captured, sometimes only figuratively, by the forces of Islam.
And she might even declare how grateful she was to Lord Ahmed and Lady whatshername, the two Muslims who had come to Khartoum in a noisy effort to obtain her release, hoping thereby to win points for themselves, and for Islam. If anyone thanks them for their effort — which did not succeed in its goal because the cruel and murderous Bashir, the man behind the Janjaweed, had decided, for good and sufficient reasons of his own, it will be outrageous. He freed her to insure no interruption in the extensive British and other Western aid, and to make sure that there is no Western reaction on the ground, that the Western Infidels don’t decide to seize the southern Sudan and Darfur and hold them, as I have suggested dozens of times here, until a referendum on independence can he held.
For this business of Muslims in this or that Infidel land taking it upon themselves to go and attempt to free non-Muslim citizens taken by Muslims elsewhere, always done highly selectively of course, if in any degree praised, when it should be denounced, will merely give Muslims, and some non-Muslims, the idea that “our” Muslims are “our secret weapon.” For they, you see, can always be sent out to prevent the worst from happening. And it will give them a quasi-official role, and instead of being regarded as part of the problem of Islam, they will be regarded as part of the solution. Lord Ahmad and Lady whatshername are nothing of the sort. They were merely trying, by attempting to free the Gibbons lady, to promote Islam, to burnish the image of Islam, in Great Britain. In other words, they were using the same incident to strengthen Islam as the Sudanese judge who sentenced Gibbons, and the rioters who demanded her death, thought they were doing.
We, as Infidels, know that Lord Ahmed, unlike those Sudanese calling for the death of Mrs. Gibbons, has a much greater knowledge of the outside world, of how Infidels think, and of how Infidels can get angry, and how there are certain danger signs that possibly the Infidels are getting just a little too fast, too large a dose of the real Islam — and not what the smylers with the knyfs under their clokes present as the real Islam. He was protecting his own position, and the position of Islam, in Great Britain. Don’t let him or the well-heeled Muslimah who went with him get away with this. They are, in their own way, furthering the Jihad, indeed furthering it far better than are those who wanted Gibbons punished, or even killed, for her act of sweet innocent all-too-understandable non-Muslim ignorance of the nature, and scope, of the menace of Islam.