Norwegians who read Dagbladets book review of Halvor Tjønns book “Muhammed” will by now probably understand the extreme gravity of the placard in the 2009 Gaza demonstration that turned into a pogrom in Oslo.
Several placards had the words Khaybar, Khaybar, ya yahoud, jaish Muhammad saufa ya’ud” painted on them. This means “Khaybar, Khaybar, oh Jews, Muhammeds army shall return”
The journalist and historian Halvor Tjønn has taken it upon himself to carefully retell the history of the man Muhammed as written down by contemporaries and historians in the first few generations after Muhammed.
For this painstaking work, Tjønn has been disowned by his own newspaper, Aftenposten, where the in house book critic had a particularly nasty fit of sarcasms (Dagsavisen was no better, but they are not Tjønns employer). But Dagbladet seems to have grown a pair of xxxxs overnight (either that or they are trying to recover from a historic low sales volume), and not only has allowed their book critic to have a go, but also printed it.
Arne Dvergsdal, the in house book critic at Dagbladet, does not mince words:
For the uninitiated, this is a shocking read about a brutal and vengeful despot.
The darkest chapter is the massacre of the Jews in Medina the spring of 627. Under surveillance by Muhammed, 800 men were decapitated. Women and children were sold as slaves. After the massacre, Muhammed chose the beautiful Jewess Rayhana as his private loot, and included her in his harem as a concubine.
The marriage with the 9 year old Aisha, one of the prophets many wives and slavesses is also deeply troubling seen with our eyes. Some sources count up to 12 wives and 2 slavesses.
No joking matter
For an incredulous skeptic it seems so easy to laugh at Muhammeds revelations with the angel Gabrielen as messenger, where the story culminates with the adventurous tale of the prophets journey by night on a winged donkey to Jerusalem, where he met Abraham, Moses and Jesus, and from where Mohammed arose to the gates of heaven. In the seventh heaven, Muhammed was taken in to paradise where he met a young woman with dark red lips and finally Allah, who admonished Muslims to pray 5 times a day.
But this is no joking matter. It is also too simplistic to say that Muhammed was a man of his time, neither better nor worse than other historical persons.
The problem is obviously that in our day roughly 1,3 billion Muslims regards Muhammed as the worlds most perfect human being, and fashion their actions thereafter.
That is why it is no accident that Hamas have rockets called Khaybar, an oasis in the Arabian desert where Muhammed in the year 629 forced the Jewish inhabitants to surrender.
This is the lunacy, the smothering cancer the Khaybar placards displayed in socalled peaceful anti-Israel protests outside our Parliament in January 2009, refer to. To make the irony complete, Hizballah flags with blood drenched war cries provided the perfect (SIC!) frame around the demonstration.
This is the doctrine that blows a hateful wind in the Hizballah flags that graced the face of our intellectual darling Erlend Loe when he wrongfully slammed Israel for the Mavi Marmara fracas, this is the doctrine that makes Norwegian MPs don kaffiyehs and sail to Gaza, despite it being no humanitarian crisis there.
Meanwhile, as the NATO alliance is doing its very best to undermine its own credibility in Libya, the Thug in Damascus has just turned out the tanks to crush a growing rebellion among his own people who never voted for him in the first place.
Is it really only a sick and twisted war cry from the 7th century that can rally Norwegians into action? Is Khaybar really the pinnacle of our Norwegian courage?
Prof. M. McGonagall