Monday, September 19, 2005

Finland: Publisher says "technical error" led to omission of part of book critical of Islam

Finland is the least politically correct nation I know of. It has less Muslim immigrants than almost any other Western European nation. Yet even here, the translator of Islam-critical literature hides his real name in fear. The fear is not unfounded. The Norwegian publisher of Salman Rushdie's book "Satanic Verses" was shot and almost killed. This happened more than a decade ago, when the number of Muslims in Norway probably didn't much exceed one - 1 - percent of the population. When such a tiny number of Muslims can prove lethal for freedom of speech, I wonder why so many people still believe that Islam can function in a democratic society:

Publisher says "technical error" led to omission of part of book critical of Islam

The Finnish translation of a controversial book by Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a Somali-born a Somali-born member of the Dutch Parliament, has a passage missing, in which the writer sharply criticises the founder of Islam - the Prophet Mohammed. Head of publishing at the company’s non-fiction department, was unaware of the missing passage when Helsingin Sanomat contacted him. He said that he is certain that Otava did not deliberately order the cut. "It is interesting. Mysterious", he admits. However, he insists that no decision was made to cut the passage, and that its omission must have been a "technical error". For safety reasons Otava omitted the name of the Finnish translator from the book. Translators’ names have been left out of other versions as well. The book, published under the Finnish name Neitsythäkki ("Virgin Cage"), is not based on a single original title. It has been translated from Dutch-language articles that have appeared in the books De zoontjesfabriek ("The Boy Factory"), and De Maagdenkooi ("The Virgin Cage"). In addition, the Finnish version contains Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s script for the short film Submission, which was directed by Theo van Gogh, who was later murdered by a Moroccan-born radical Muslim. Hirsi Ali’s Paris-based agent did not know that the Finnish version did not contain the book’s most widely-quoted passage, in which she said that by Western standards, Mohammed was a "pervert and a tyrant" who opposed freedom of speech. She also says that Mohammed is the model for all Muslim men to follow, and suggests that this may be the reason why many Muslim men are violent.


At September 19, 2005 2:51 PM, Blogger wilpuri said...

Finland, Europe, 2005. Sad but true.

At September 19, 2005 5:27 PM, Blogger Ole said...

Ah! The green links are much better. (By green links I am not refering to moldy sausage,)

At September 19, 2005 8:43 PM, Blogger heather said...

If you look at how much our freedoms have eroded since 9/11, you see what radical Islam has done to our world. What is strange is the leadership of many countries seem to have a disconnect from what is going on. The people are aware, but the governments seem oblivious to the continued threat of unabated immigration of Islamists into their countries. Perhaps part of this is the fear of reprisal, appeasing the crocodile in the hope that you will be eaten last. This isn't good leadership, and it doesn't work.

At September 20, 2005 1:58 PM, Blogger PD111 said...

Worth reading

Gandhi's experiment with Islam


At September 22, 2005 1:43 AM, Blogger RobertinArabia said...

According to the Sept. 1 Manufacturing & Technology News, the Government Accounting Office has reported that over the course of the cakewalk war, the U.S. military's use of small caliber ammunition has risen to 1.8 billion rounds. Think about that number. If there are 20,000 insurgents, it means U.S. troops have fired 90,000 rounds at each insurgent.

Very few have been hit. We don't know how many. To avoid the analogy with Vietnam, until last week the U.S. military studiously avoided body counts. If 2,000 insurgents have been killed, each death required 900,000 rounds of ammunition.

The combination of U.S. government-owned ammo plants and those of U.S. commercial producers together cannot make bullets as fast as US troops are firing them. The Bush administration has had to turn to foreign producers such as Israel Military Industries. Think about that. Hollowed-out U.S. industry cannot produce enough ammunition to defeat a 20,000-man insurgency.

At September 23, 2005 7:02 PM, Blogger Dyro said...

What is even worse is that the Finnish translator's name was withheld for safety reasons. To my surprise, few people seem to have understood the implications of this. Even with a minuscule Muslim population, one risks one's life when getting involved with something that might upset the Muslims. This very fact alone should wake people and politicians up to the deadly threat Islam and Muslims are. No amount of talk about the "real, peaceful face of Islam" will change that.


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