Die Killerhaie des Mossad, Scharia in Oklahoma

Aus der Welt des Irrsinns, i.e. „Kampf der Kulturen“. Zwei Nachrichten von heute, die mir nahelegen, meine Frage von vor ein paar Wochen noch einmal zu wiederholen: Kann es sein, dass die Welt gerade durchdreht?

1. Juan Cole berichtet folgende Weiterung aus Ägypten, wo die Haie sich bekanntlich an deutschen Touristen vergehen. Der Gouverneur des südlichen Sinai hält es für möglich, dass der Mossad Haie in den Gewässern um Sharm El Sheik freisetzt, um der ägyptischen Touristenindustrie zu schaden. (Kein Witz, arabisches Original hier. Dass die israelischen Haie ausgerechnet deutsche Touristinnen in Ägypten angreifen, ergibt ja auch irgendwie Sinn. Ich freue mich schon auf das Weisser Hai-Remake von Quentin Tarantino: „Inglorious Beasts.“?)

„Even shark attacks in the Middle East get caught up in the Arab-Israeli conflict. The fifth victim of a shark attack this week at Sharm El Sheikh in Egypt’s Sinai, an elderly German woman, was killed this weekend.

The governor of southern Sinai, Muhammad Abd al-Fadil Shosha, said that it is not unlikely that the rumors that Israel’s intelligence service, Mossad, was releasing sharks into the waters around the Sharm El Sheikh resort in the Sinai on the Red Sea, in order to harm Egypt’s tourist industry. “It will take time to verify it,” he said. In the meantime, he noted, the strictest measures had been taken to halt swimming off the shore for 72 hours, after the death of a German swimmer. He also said that consultations were ongoing with scientists about how to deal with this sort of fish, which forensic investigation of its teeth had demonstrated to be a beast of prey. (I swear to God, that is what the Arabic article says he said!).“

2. Roger Cohen war in Oklahoma, wo jüngst ein Verfassungszusatz gegen den Vormarsch der Scharia angenommen wurde, der wahrscheinlich bald vor dem Supreme Court landen wird. Weniger als ein Prozent der Bevölkerung in dem Staat, der einst ein reines Indianergebiet war, sind überhaupt Muslime. Für die Einführung der Scharia in die Rechtssprechung hat sich bisher keiner von ihnen ausgesprochen. Der Initiator verteidigt das Amendment als „Präventivschlag“:

You might not expect Shariah, a broad term encompassing Islamic religious precepts, to be a priority topic at the Kumback given that there’s not a Muslim in Perry and perhaps 30,000, or less than one percent of the population, in all Oklahoma. And you’d be wrong.

Shariah is the new hot-button wedge issue, as radicalizing as abortion or gay marriage, seized on by Republicans to mobilize conservative Americans against the supposed “stealth jihad” of Muslims in the United States and against a Democratic president portrayed as oblivious to — or complicit with — the threat. Not since 9/11 has Islamophobia been at such a pitch in the United States.

The neoconservative Center for Security Policy in Washington recently described Shariah as “the pre-eminent totalitarian threat of our time.” Many Republicans, with Newt Gingrich leading, have signed up. Their strategy is clear: Conflate Obama with creeping Shariah and achieve the political double-whammy of feeding rampant rumors that he’s a closet Muslim and fanning the fears that propel a conservative lurch.

It’s not pretty, in fact it’s pretty odious, but to judge by the Republican surge last month, it’s effective in an anxiety-filled America.

Galvanized by State Question 755, barring “courts from considering or using Shariah Law,” Republicans swept to the Oklahoma governorship and veto-proof majorities in the Legislature for the first time.

Question 755 was “a pre-emptive strike,” in the words of its most active proponent, Republican State Representative Rex Duncan, whose portrait hangs in the Kumback. The question arises, given the quiet on the prairies, against whom? A prominent Oklahoma pastor, Paul Blair, told me it was aimed at those “whose plan is not to coexist but bring the whole world under Islam.”

A preliminary federal injunction, granted after a prominent local Muslim, Muneer Awad, challenged the constitutionality of the amendment in the nation where “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,” has blocked its certification for now. The very curious case of Shariah and Oklahoma may be headed to the Supreme Court.