Mick Hartley provides some much needed levity: Quoting Hamas MP Fathi Hammad, as he was speaking on Al-Aqsa TV, Mick takes out the red correcting pen but soon runs into more comprehension trouble:
...Presumably he means, killing a Jew is the same as killing 30 million infidels.
You can imagine the Hamas maths class: "If 15 million Jews are equivalent to 4.5 billion infidels in their corruption and their struggle against the religion of Islam, then killing a single Jew is the same as killing how many infidels?"
I make it 300 using the US billion (a thousand million) and 300,000 using the UK billion (a million million), so unless there's a special Islamic billion of 100 million million (which is, I suppose, entirely possible) then he's miscalculated. Which is maybe why he went into politics rather than pursuing an academic career.
I am wondering what may have brought up this attempt to cook the demographic books, so to speak. No doubt some Arabs may have wondered out loud why Muslims are so mortally afraid of the Jews, considering that there are only 15 Million Jews in the world and 1.5 Billion Muslims. So here comes Mr. Hammad and actually provides a solution: They may look 15 million but in fact they are 4.5 billion! The genius of simplicity.
"Civilization is not self-supporting. It is artificial. If you are not prepared to concern yourself with the upholding of civilization -- you are done." (Ortega y Gasset)
Monday, September 29, 2008