Saturday, May 03, 2008

Dogs barking - must be a caravan nearby

The National Post has a good editorial on the Canadian Islamic Congress dog-and-pony show of Thursday.
Three weeks ago, the case being pressed by the Canadian Islamic Congress (CIC) was tossed out (albeit with an unprecedented display of regret) by the Ontario Human Rights Commission. How did CIC lawyer Faisal Joseph and his Osgoode Hall helpmates respond to the setback? Why, by calling a press conference and repeating their original demand for substantially equal space to rebut Mr. Steyn, with a few of the details changed. (They’ve relented, for example, on their insistence that they be allowed to control the physical design of the pages on which their counterblast would run.) Not only that, but they represented the demand as a renewed effort toward “reasonable conciliation” — while at the same time pledging to forge ahead with their legal threats outside Ontario if Maclean’s wasn’t “reasonable” enough to suit their tastes. “One way or another it’s going to be dealt with, either by agreement or by an imposed decision,” said Mr. Joseph.

The Post terms this "chutzpah", and observes, "You must admit, it takes an audacious general to demand the enemy’s surrender so soon after a losing battle."

True, but there are precedents.
[In 1676] The Cossacks of the Zaporozhian Host (from 'beyond the rapids', za porohamy), inhabiting the lands around the lower Dnieper River in Ukraine, had defeated Ottoman Turkish forces in battle. However, the Sultan of Ottoman Empire demanded that the Cossacks submit to Turkish rule.
I suspect the tactic will be as successful for the CIC as it was for the Sultan. They should be grateful Maclean's doesn't publish the Cossacks' letter on the editorial page:
Zaporozhian Cossacks to the Turkish Sultan!

You, turkish devil and damned devil's brother and friend, secretary to Lucifer himself. What the devil kind of knight are you, that can't slay a hedgehog with his naked arse? The devil shits, and your army eats. You will not, you son of a bitch, make subjects of Christian sons; we've no fear of your army, by land and by sea we will battle with thee, fuck your mother.

You Babylonian scullion, Macedonian wheelwright, brewer of Jerusalem, goat-fucker of Alexandria, swineherd of Greater and Lesser Egypt, Armenian pig, Podolian thief, catamite of Tartary, hangman of Kamyanets, and fool of all the world and underworld, an idiot before God, grandson of the Serpent, and the crick in our dick. Pig's snout, mare's arse, slaughterhouse cur, unchristened brow, screw your own mother!

So the Zaporozhians declare, you lowlife. You won't even be herding Christian pigs. Now we'll conclude, for we don't know the date and don't own a calendar; the moon's in the sky, the year in the book, the day's the same over here as it is over there; for this kiss our arse!

Koshovyi Otaman Ivan Sirko, with the whole Zaporozhian Host


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have to wonder if the Cossacks' reply was possibly fuelled by a goodly amount of vodka, but I salute their (non-alcoholic) spirit anyway.

Ellie M.

10:30 am  
Blogger Dr. Mabuse said...

Oh, I'll bet it was! Another reason why they had no intention of surrendering to the Mohammedans!

12:57 pm  

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