Wednesday, August 23, 2006

The Protestant Crusade Consipracy

... views among German Muslims about terror plots and arrests: most of the time, it's the government that is behind all these supposed terrorists.
This just in: The Lebanese men suspected of having deposited bombs on German trains last month were hired hands -- in the employ of the German government itself.

That, at least, is what one 27-year-old from Saudi Arabia believes. "It's all a Protestant crusade," the man explains. "All of northern Germany is Protestant, isn't it? And so is President Bush." Then the man launches into a melange of confusing arguments and historical facts. The bubonic plague, Martin Luther and former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl all make a cameo. It's all connected somehow, the man is sure of it.

The young Saudi Arabian's views may make little sense from a Western point of view, but you can meet him and talk to him at a street corner in the middle of Hamburg, right by the central station. Foreigners from all over the world live in this neighborhood, called St. Georg, and a large number of them are Muslim. Several mosques have been built in the neighborhood. Many nearby stores carry no alcohol -- but they do have electronic memory aides for Koran students on offer.
What Terror? The Protestant Crusade Conspiracy (IHT)

1 comment:

assiniboine said...

Hmmm...so that's why they keep blowing up Anglican churches in West Punjab? Although the one that was bombed in Islamabad was an "international" church. (I guess that must have spooked the diplomatic community: presumably they had figured that by avoiding the Church of Pakistan they were a little bit safe.)