Mahathir Mohamed has, at the age of 93, been elected, for the second time, as the Prime Minister of Malaysia. He’s a deeply devout Muslim, of amiable mien, seems a friendly sort, but he has just one little problem. It’s “the Jews.” According to Dr Mohamed, who has been talking about this problem for decades, “Jews rule the world” by proxy. “Jews were responsible for the Asian financial crisis.” “Jews control the money.” “Hook-nosed Jews” control the world. “In the Holocaust only four million Jews died” and “the Middle East was fine until Israel was founded. That caused all the problems.” He repeats variations on these simple-minded themes without let-up.
If he’s ill-informed about Jews, he also seems ill-informed about his own religion, Islam. Recently Dr. Mohamed insisted that “Islam is not a cruel religion and it is not about chopping (off) heads (or) hands,” the Prime Minister said.
“There are various ways of punishment, which are much milder, but these people want to harass, want to cut people’s hands (or) heads. That is not Islamic.”
The religion, said Dr Mahathir, took care of humans’ lives.
“..these people want to harass, want to cut people’s hands or heads.That is not islamic.”
But Islam most certainly does order Believers to chop off the heads and hands, to smite at the necks, to cut off the legs, of enemy Infidels. The Qur’an is full of violence. Dr. Mohamed knows this; he’s been reading the Qur’an for at least 80 years.