Friday, 13 April 2007

Lost in translation

THE most senior Muslim cleric in Canberra has praised Islamic jihadists and called on God to grant “victory to mujahideen (Muslim holy warriors)” worldwide. Presumably this includes those bombing the UK and Spain. However, while Sheik Swaiti translated his sermon into English for non-Arabic-speaking members, the imam omitted the praise for Islamic jihadists in the English version. This is common practice everywhere, though you'll never learn that from the MSM.

However, as Rober Spencer asks “Why bother, Swaiti? All us English speakers know that jihad is just an inner spiritual struggle. That's what your coreligionists here in the U.S. tell us all the time. And they warn us that only wicked, wretched, frenziedly racist Islamophobes believe jihad has anything to do with warfare! So we know you meant that you hoped Allah granted victory to all the inner spiritual strugglers in "Palestine," and Chechnya and Kashmir and Afghanistan and Iraq -- right? Right?”

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