Now I'm no Instapundit, but every now and then I'll click on a link that I haven't tried before and see where it takes me. Like this time...
I started out at Rightwingsparkle's place, checking out the latest in airport security measures. While I was in the comments for that post, I clicked on the homepage for Beth at Bluestar Chronicles, where I read through a number of her posts (including this one, about the commisioning of the USS Bill Clinton - heh) and reached this. Included in this post was Linkfest Haven, similar to Wizbang!'s late, lamented Carnival Of The Trackbacks. And there I found a couple of real gems.
The first was from Planck's Constant. "As a Muslim, I apologize" is just the sort of biting, sarcastic piece I wish I had the talent to write. An excerpt:
"In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful.
As A Muslim I apologize.
I am sorry that my religion, far from being a “religion of peace” is in fact a barbaric cult that has changed not one bit from its savage, warrior origins in the 7th Century. I am sorry that Islam is as extreme and as intolerant as when our most blessed Prophet Mohammed, Peace be upon Him, began to slaughter the unbelievers 1300 years ago.
I am sorry that our Holy Book, The Quran is not filled with instructions on how to live in Peace and Tolerance with our fellow man, but rather is a military code book filled with techniques in terror and a manual for the conquest of the world. I am sorry that if the faithful follow exactly these moral instructions the world will be but one khalif and there will only be one Law: Sharia.
Check out the rest.
Then, in the comments for that post, Tor provided a link to a Frontline interview with Khaled Abou el-Fadl, a writer and expert on Islamic law that is just the sort thing that we need to hear from all so-called mainsteam Muslims if we're to be expected to believe that Islam really is the Religion of Peace, not Pieces. An excerpt:
[How did you experience Sept. 11?]
... I was completely frozen for the first hour or so. It's as if I refused to believe it. I didn't know how to believe it. ... One day before, I was there [in New York]. In fact, I was in the Borders that was destroyed, and I stayed in a hotel right across the street from the World Trade Center. ... That thought went through my head: "We were just there."
The second thought was a prayer, a wish, a plea: "Please, God, not Muslims. [Do not let it be] Muslims who have done this, or anyone who is calling themselves a Muslim." ...
A fascinating read.