Boreal

Remembering Uzza

1.5 The Enemy Within

(2nd draft)

Uzza: Could I have an adult drink now, please. They are not coming back tonight. If anything, they are waiting somewhere to teach me a lesson. Archie, do you mind? (extends her empty glass of apple juice.)

Archie: When you came in you said you wanted a beer. How about a nice glass of white wine? On the house.

Uzza: And, can I give you back this damn veil. It only empowers women to do what men want them to do. Where's the fun in that.

Archie: No, but you can take it off and keep it close by. And you must promise to put it back on if you see someone come up the stairs.

Uzza: I promise.

Gerry: And don't worry, I will walk you home or to your car, if you want.

Uzza: Thank you, but my being seen with a man other than a husband or close relative will only make it worse.

Gerry, Johnny, Bob: Cheers (raising their glasses)

Uzza: (does not raise her glass, nor does she take a sip, but stares straight ahead).

Johnny: Anything wrong?

Uzza: You let in them in.

Bob: I thought Archie let them in.

Archie: You're not talking about those people, are you?

Uzza: Not just them, all of them. People like that should never have been allowed in our country.

Archie: But they are your people?

Uzza: No, they are not, they are from another century.

Archie: And what century would that be?

Uzza: The 7th century. They consider Western civilization a mistake that must be rectified by a return to what they consider the good old days when Muhammad and what he said was the Will of God was the law, the only law, the Sharia.

You let in those for whom the Renaissance, the Enlightenment, reason itself is a blasphemy.

You let it those who did not come seeking our way of life but to change it thinking you would change them, and Muslims who came here to escape the shackles of the Sharia are paying the price of your arrogance, a price you will all have to pay sooner rather than later.

My grandfather and like-minded progressive Muslims, then the vast majority successfully fought against the introduction of Sharia law in the 1990s, only to see their victory undone by a wave of Islamists and the opportunists that followed the election of a Prime Minister sympathetic to their cause.

You welcomed this Islamic population into my grandfather's adopted country, you fed them, you housed them, you gave them benefits that others had worked for, you bent over backwards to appease them, you forced everyone to tolerate them, and you encouraged their religion to thrive.

You gave them economics opportunities not available to more upstanding citizens which allowed them to fund what my grandfather warned was a hidden agenda.

They lied to you, they told you they were peaceful and wanted nothing else but to be fine upstanding citizens and abide by Canadian laws.

They accepted your food, your housing, your benefits, your kindness but they never accepted your culture which they viewed as weak and immoral nor your beliefs which they equated as being anti-Islam.

They now secretly hide and protect the bombers and beheaders within their communities, the so-called Islamic Municipalities into which the authorities dare not venture.

They grew strong on the generosity and tolerance of their duped foolish hosts.

One day in the not to distant future they will receive the call, in Arabic, from the Muslim hate preachers of the mosques you have so generously allowed them to build so they can preach their Islamic bile, and rise up and finish what you started when you let them in.

I, and those like me, like my grandfather will be the first to be butchered, for in the eyes of the Islamists we are heretics.

The appeasers and apologists who have helped them will be next to be put to the sword for Islamists will not trust people who have betrayed their own Christian culture.

Islamists cherish death more than life itself especially in the pursuit of their aim to make the world one barbaric Islamic caliphate. Like they did during the Islamic State, they will make the SS look like the salvation army.

Their alien, violent, intolerant 7th century cult will utterly destroy us because your stupidity knows no bounds. May your children and children's children forgive your utter suicidal folly.*

Gerry: So that is what you meant when you said we let it happen [breaking the silence that is the men's response to Uzza's cri de coeur.)

Bob: [thinking that a joke that Uzza might appreciate might be in order] Uzza, I got a joke for you. "What is the difference between a log and an unbeliever?"

Uzza: That is a variation of an old NAZI joke about Jews told by Islamists which I do not care to hear.

Bob: [oblivious] A log does not scream and moan when you put it in the fire.

Archie: That is nasty. What is the NAZI version?

Bob: You’ll have to ask Uzza.

Uzza: If you insist. The Islamist variation seem to have been inspired by a revelation by Allah where He brags about piling unbelievers like logs before casting them into Hell. Where the NAZIs got their inspiration I don't know, but in their version Jews are compared to pies. The question asked is "What is the difference between a Jew and a pie?"

Archie: Let me guess; a pie does not scream and moan when you put it in the oven. That is even nastier.

Gerry: Uzza, are you comparing Islamists to NAZIs?

Uzza: There are parallels between Islamists and NAZIs. They both have a book which proclaims a segment of humankind to be superior to the rest. In Mein Kampf it is the superior race; in the Koran it is the superior believers.

Both books offer similar recommendations as to what is to be done with inferiors; that they are be to killed or enslaved. The Koran, however, unlike Hitler's book, offers a path to superiority and life. And, if not superiority, life for unbelievers whom it considers close in beliefs, the so-called People of the Book; Jews, Christians and an obscure sect call the Sabians. They have the option of not converting and not being murdered for their insolence if they pay the right-to-continue-breathing tax and do so humbly. Everyone else, it's convert or die.

Bob: The right-to-continue-breathing-tax. What the hell is that?

Uzza: I'm being facetious, it's called the Jizya. Most say it is the Verse of the Sword which was most responsible for Islam's quick conquest of much of the Middle East and North Africa following Muhammad's death. But, I say it is the Jizya verse. The Verse of the Sword with its call to be merciless with those who refuse to submit to the Will of Allah will lead to Islam's ultimate victory, but it is this revelation imposing a poll-tax on non-Muslims which have made it all possible.

Bob: That means, if it's in the Koran, it's a tax imposed by God. Why would God need money?

Uzza: That's funny, because that is what the Jews of Medina, who would be the first to have to pay the tax, told Muhammad when informed of this part of Allah's plan.

Archie: Wait a minute here. The Prophet lived among the Jews and he wanted to tax them for the benefit of the Muslims?

Uzza: It's a long story.

Johnny: I would love to hear it, but I have therapy early in the morning so I have to go. It was a pleasure meeting you Uzza. Maybe will get together again soon.

Uzza: I would like that.

Johnny: [heads for the exit] Goodbye all. See you tomorrow Archie.

Archie: See ya Johnny.

-------

* Dialogue beginning with "You welcome this Islamic population" adapted from a response by an individual who goes by the pseudonym Haïm Ittah to an Ottawa Citizen story about the Nice truck attack which killed 84 people including 10 children.