Lileks saw the same horribly disturbing broadcast of Friday’s sermon from Iraq that I saw on Brit Hume last night. Lileks writes:
I just saw a video of one of the sermons, carried on prime-time TV in Iraq. Same old same old, with a twist: Usually the text says that the very trees will cry out there is a Jew behind me, kill him. This video had a new version: even the stone will say “a Jew is hiding behind me. Come and cut off his head.”
And then the mullah pulled out a sword. That’s the detail you don’t get in the transcripts: these men of God are packing heat – granted, it’s medieval-style slicy heat, but heat nonetheless.
“And we shall cut off his head!” he shouted, waving the sword. “By Allah, we shall cut it off! Oh Jews! Allahu Akbar! Allahu Akbar! Jihad for the sake of Allah! Jihad for the sake of Allah!”
In listening and watching this spew of hatred, I could almost smell the gas chambers of Auschwitz bellowing out smoke again. Then again, I’m not sure that Islamic Jew-haters would be quite so neat and orderly about their genocide of the Jews; a plain old bloodbath would do quite nicely for them, I suspect. Such thoughts make me ill.
The video did have one interesting oddity: Many listeners were clearly visibly excited and cheering, but many were also completely still and silent. Let’s hope that means something.