Thursday, October 19, 2006



If you want to understand why the Muslim and non-Muslim worlds clash, if you want to make sense of the violence carried out by jihadists against infidels, if you want to know why America was attacked on September 11, 2001, watch this five-and-a-half minute video.

Dr. Wafa Sultan knew the death threats would come, but after 9/11, she also knew she had to speak out. While her criticism of radical Islam on al-Jazeera won her fans across the world, the cost was her relationship with her own family. Her mother won't speak to her and her brother says she was bought off by the Jews to denouce Islam for a million dollars. From Wikipedia:
On February 21, 2006, she took part in Al Jazeera's weekly 90-minute discussion program The Opposite Direction. She spoke from Los Angeles, arguing with host Faisal al-Qasim and with Dr. Ibrahim Al-Khouli [an Egyptian professor of Islamic studies] about Samuel P. Huntington's Clash of Civilizations theory. The six minute composite video of her remarks was subtitled and widely circulated by MEMRI on weblogs and through e-mail. In this video she is scolding Muslims for treating non-Muslims differently and for not recognizing the accomplishments of non-Muslim society, while using its wealth and technology.

The New York Times estimated that the video of her appearance was viewed at least one million times as it spread via weblogs and e-mail. Her thesis, described as witnessing "a battle between modernity and barbarism which Islam will lose", has brought her telephone threats,[1] but also praise from reformers. Her comments, especially a pointed criticism that "no Jew has blown himself up in a German restaurant", brought her an invitation to Tel Aviv, Israel by the American Jewish Congress.
Check out Dr. Sultan's famous appearance on al-Jazeera, with English subtitles provided by MEMRI.

Read excerpts from the transcript of the February 21, 2006 show.

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