WAFA SULTAN ON AL JAZEERA TAKES APART MUSLIM WORLD HYPOCRISY
Wafa Sultan is an Arabic woman appearing on an Al Jazeera debate show and is one blunt and courageous woman.
She takes apart the host and the Imam appearing with her for a debate on the problem with the "Clash of Civilizations".
Towards the end she really takes apart the Imam and Muslim world's hypocrisy in comparison to what she calls the civilized West.
AGAIN THIS WAS ON AL JAZEERA!
Note that what we watched was clips from the program. We didn't see the entire thing--and we didn't see how it ended.
We did, on the other hand, see what the producers put on the air: an imam (a man to whom the "faithful" instinctively rever), and a clearly secular woman (no hijab, "provocative" clothing, assertive attitude) who goes on to assert that she's not a Muslim, and in fact she's an atheist.
The imam may reject the West--but he followed Lenin's famous "answer to Kautsky." When criticized, Lenin told his supporters that they must not carefully respond to the points that Kautsky raised: the answer was to stand up and pronounce Kautsky a revanchist and a tool of the Czar. And sit down. Don't dignify his arguments by responding to them.
The imam does the same thing here--that's the point of his comment that "you're a heretic, so there's no point in rebuking you." And she falls for the line, and emphasizes just how much of a heretic she is (in a Muslim's eyes).
The producers (actually the director) helped the imam's argument. Note how the camera was framed for both the imam and the host: further "out"--you can see the torso, head, and space above the turban of the imam. With the woman they framed her much "tighter"--and lower. The top of her head barely makes it into the picture, but they get nice and tight to show you the depth of the decolletage. Any Muslim watching this (and of course, that would mean any Muslim man) would recoil at the brazenness of this unbelieving hussy.
To a Westerner, this woman sounds terrific. To a Muslim, I'd bet the "Arab street" would regard the event as a heretic-whuppin' by the imam.
Your point about the camera angles is actually true but I don't know if it means anything.
Regardless, what she said made it to air and was still damaging.
That there may be many in the Muslim world that would out of hand dismiss her points for whatever reason is just re-inforcing all the more the tremendous problem in that part of the world.
And remember that the Suicide Movie is up for an Oscar IN THE WEST. WHAT A SAD STATEMENT THAT IS!!
- Mike Scorekeeper