The fabricated cartoon intifada also got Iran out of western media’s headlines and demoted the international movement against its WND designs, just days after the topic had been put on the UN Security Council agenda. Moreover, this fabricated crisis taught the West an object lesson in the price of criticizing Islam, Mohammed, the Qur’an, or anything else near and dear to Muslim hearts.
Now the fabricated Qur’an crisis has proven to be a bonanza for the Taliban: an excuse to end negotiations, to demand massive Muslim support for the Taliban, and to undermine Karzai; who then must speak out against America to prove that he is not an American puppet.
What we, and the commander-in-chief of our armed forces, fail to understand is that such riots and rage and mass murder and mass destruction are a strategy of manufactured rage-on-demand, a tactic of “rent a riot” and “mobilize a mob,” a tactic which is used in the Middle East to change the dynamics of a situation (in business, politics or personal relationships).
The concept is very simple: You have done something offensive, for which you should be punished. This is no time for contrition! Instead, you must become furious! You are being insulted, mistreated, and humiliated! You don’t deserve punishment, your accuser does!
Arafat used this tactic against Israel and the West. Israel made many concessions; but instead of reciprocating, he invented reasons to be very angry, reasons that justified continued terrorism and violence. And then the USA pressured Israel to appease poor Mr. Arafat!
As long as you can dupe your opponent into taking seriously your manufactured anger, you have redefined the entire relationship, reversed the victim-victimizer equation.
Rent a riot, mob on demand, contrived umbrage, self-serving indignation and high dudgeon, all are used by Muslims against Islam’s perceived enemies when it serves Muslim interests to do so.
And western leaders fall into their trap. Our leaders cringe before the riots, and wring their hands in angst, instead of calling the perpetrators on their hypocrisy. Then they rush to grovel and apologize, bemoaning our insensitivity to these Muslim religious sensibilities. We now self-censor to avoid offending Muslims, since we have been taught the price of Allah’s rage. And we refrain from confronting the reality of the strategy because to do so would bring upon us more wrath.
Now thanks to some American leaders’ misdirected anguish over the Quran burnings, dulce et decorum est for the Taliban to seek revenge, to blow up Americans, and to cancel negotiations. Now America is in a weakened and compromised position, and the Taliban are strengthened. Our Commander-in-Chief declares that our forces will be withdrawn, years before Obama’s own original deadline, because this incident has besmirched us, sullied our image in the Middle East. Will they like America more when we are gone and the Taliban have won, control Afghanistan, impose a vicious and extreme version of Shari’a law, and re-unite with global el-Qaeda who want us either dead or Muslim?
 The following analysis is in part a summary of Amir Taheri’s “Rent-A-Riot ABCS,” New York Post, February 9, 2006, no longer available on line, but reproduced at http://www.iris.org.il/blog/archives/1030-Rent-A-Riot-ABCs.html and http://www.users.globalnet.co.uk/~emcd/Israel_RentARiotABCS.htm
 Originally published at http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/?xml=/news/2006/02/09/ncart09.xml&sSheet=/news/2006/02/09/ixnewstop.html but now no longer available on line. The article is reproduced at http://www.militaryphotos.net/forums/archive/index.php/t-71984.html .
 For more on the cartoon intifada as a fabricated crisis, a subterfuge to distract the west’s attention and stifle any criticism of Islam, see the present writer’s essay at http://www.users.globalnet.co.uk/~emcd/Israel_RentARiotABCS.htm , beneath the Taheri article.
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