The UCI is holding the Road World Championships in Doha Qatar next month. The USA is sending a team, including a womens team. I think it’s a disgrace.
Bestowing the honor of hosting one of cycling’s most prestigous events, the World Championships, should not be taken lightly. Granting this privilege to a country implies validity and respect, that they are worthy.
In the case of Qatar, nothing could be further from the truth.
While paying lip service to rights, the truth is…
Qatar is an absolute monarchy. Political parties are banned. Slavery is rife. There is no free speech. There is no objective law and no individual rights. It’s barbaric. Not to mention that we’re at war with a more a consistent form of the governing ideology, radical Islam.
“Sharia law is the main source of Qatari legislation according to Qatar’s Constitution. Sharia law is applied to laws pertaining to family law, inheritance, and several criminal acts (including adultery, robbery and murder). In some cases in Sharia-based family courts, a female’s testimony is worth half a man’s and in some cases a female witness is not accepted at all.”
“Flogging is used in Qatar as a punishment for alcohol consumption or illicit sexual relations. Article 88 of Qatar’s criminal code declares the punishment for adultery is 100 lashes. Adultery is punishable by death when a Muslim woman and a non-Muslim man are involved.”
“Apostasy is a crime punishable by the death penalty in Qatar. Blasphemy is punishable by up to seven years in prison and proselytizing any religion other than Islam can be punished by up to 10 years in prison. Homosexuality is a crime punishable in sharia by the death penalty for Muslims, though in Qatar the penalty for consenting males is up to 5 years in prison.”
This is where the UCI holds it’s most prestigious race of the year. And USA Cycling sees no problem.
Can we still claim to be the land of the free, home of the brave… a shining beacon of liberty? Can we expect to eradicate such horrific abuses of individual rights while turning a blind eye and treating the violators as respected members of the world community? And what does it say to the victims of such regimes?
France and the West is under assault from terrorist groups around the world. Now one Tour de France team wants to honor a terrorist during the Tour.
On January 7, 2015, France and the rest of the civilized world, was rocked by a barbaric act of terrorism in the epicenter of civilization, Paris, France. Two Islamist terrorists entered the offices of a weekly newspaper and slaughtered 11 people, and wounded another 11.
The carnage did not end there. In the days that followed there were further hostage takings, murders and injuries.
What has this got to do with the terrorist atrocities a week earlier?
The MTN-Qhubeka team is planning on turning July 18 in to a day of celebration of a political icon. That’s bad enough, but the political icon they’d like to honor was not just any political icon, he was an advocate of terrorism.
The team, along with the Mandela Foundation, would like to celebrate Nelson Mandela.
What most people do not know is that Nelson Mandela’s ANC group was a terrorist organization. The ANC’s goal was to impose Soviet-style communism on South Africa.
In 1961 Mandela co-founded the so-called “military” wing of the ANC, Umkhonto we Sizwe (“Spear of the Nation”).
In 1964, Mandela was convicted on 193 counts of sabotage and smuggling of munitions, including 210,000 soviet hand grenades and other bomb-making materials.
The ANC and Mandela’s “Spear of the Nation” went on to assassinate political enemies, bomb banks, shopping centers, restaurants, and indiscriminately slaughter blacks, whites, men, women and children.
This wasn’t limited to attacks against military, police and government targets, or even whites. The ANC used violence and terror extensively among the black population to command obedience and loyalty to the ANC, and to exterminate and instill fear in their political opponents.
As despicable as the apartheid regime was, Mandela was not in prison for his ideas or opposition to apartheid, it was because of his acts of violence and advocacy of terrorism. (Many people were opposed to apartheid and were not in prison.)
In fact, in 1985 then Prime Minister P.W. Botha offered Mandela his freedom in exchange for simply renouncing violence. He refused.
In 1986, as if to reaffirm the ANC’s commitment to terrorism, Nelson Mandela’s wife, Winnie Mandela, said, “With our boxes of matches and necklaces we’ll liberate this country.”
She was endorsing the horrific practice of “necklacing,” putting a tire doused in gasoline over someone’s neck, and setting them on fire.
The victim suffered a slow and agonizing death. Eyewitnesses report that it could take up to 20 minutes for the victim to die. Over a thousand people are estimated to have been tortured and killed by necklacing.
In order to defeat the bloody scourge of terrorism, we have to tackle it head on philosophically and militarily. We have to clearly identify it, condemn it, and deprive it of every shred of respectability.
There can be no ambiguity, no appeasement, and certainly no honoring of its advocates and perpetrators.
At a critical time when the West is under a bloody and barbaric assault from Islamic terrorists, at a time when the Parisian atrocity is fresh in our minds; how appropriate is it to turn the Tour de France into a vehicle for celebrating a man who had more in common with those who perpetrated the Paris massacre than with its victims?