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Jihad on Camera: Hatred at UCSD, Lars Vilks Attacked
by David J. Rusin • May 14, 2010 at 9:29 am
Not long ago, some predicted that the newfound ease of recording and disseminating videos would keep Islamists on their best behavior during anti-Islamist events, thus bringing the familiar displays of hatred and thuggery to a close. Robert Spencer dubbed it the "YouTube effect," arguing that "jihadists, their allies, and their dupes have realized how bad they look when they try to intimidate and shout down anti-jihadists."
So much for that. If the numerous interruptions, all captured on video, of a February 8 talk at UC Irvine by Ambassador Michael Oren did not cast grave doubts on this theory, then two incidents from the past week certainly should. Big surprise: both occurred on campus as well.
The first was not a disruption, but a shocking admission from a Muslim Students Association (MSA) member at UC San Diego, following a lecture by activist David Horowitz on May 10 (video here). In the question-and-answer session, the keffiyeh-clad woman asked Horowitz to expound on "the connection between the MSA and jihad terrorist networks." He began with his standard riposte: "Will you condemn Hamas, here and now?" She refused to do so, leading to an exchange that ended with her coldly expressing support for genocide:
The second incident took place a day later in Sweden, at a lecture on free speech given by Lars Vilks, the cartoonist who was targeted in a recent murder plot for representing Muhammad as a dog. Vilks started by exhibiting "what some might deem offensive pictures of Christian symbols," according to one report. Naturally, no trouble there. But then he ran a clip from a film that depicts the Islamic prophet going to a gay bar — and chaos promptly erupted (video here):
Islamists labor to conceal their actual beliefs and darker tendencies, but sooner or later their true selves burst through. Such repeated failures may be the Achilles' heel of the stealth jihad.