FOUND: Origins Of The Term Mad Mullahs

Perhaps one of the readers here already knew this, but I was unaware of the origins of the term. I had read some of the Iranian dissident blogs, and had thought it was attributed to the regime change proponents of Iran.
Was I ever wrong!
The term began long before the revolution in Iran. In fact, it began in the 19th century, by a young journalist from Britain, of royal heritage on his father’s side, and an American mother.
Have you guessed who this person is?
Here are a few more clues. He won a Nobel prize for literature in 1953, and was voted the greatest Briton of all time, in a 2002 BBC poll.
Does that help?
It was Winston Churchill, of course, and in his book “The Story of the Malakand Field Force,” he first used the phrase.

In this book, when describing a local imam, Churchill coined the term “Mad Mullah”. Speaking of the Pathan and Beluchi tribesmen of the border regions, he noted with some sarcasm that “the Mullah will raise his voice and remind them of other days when the sons of the prophet drove the infidel from the plains of India, and ruled at Delhi, as wide an Empire as the Kafir holds to-day: when the true religion strode proudly through the earth and scorned to lie hidden and neglected among the hills: when mighty princes ruled in Bagdad, and all men knew that there was one God, and Mahomet was His prophet. And the young men hearing these things will grip their Martinis*, and pray to Allah, that one day He will bring some Sahib (prince) – best prize of all – across their line of sight at seven hundred yards so that, at least, they may strike a blow for insulted and threatened Islam.”

My, how little things have changed with islam, in the last one hundred ten years.
The rest of the excellent article that I gleaned this info from, can be found here.
You know the drill…read it all!

*-The Martini is a rifle, not a cocktail.

Follow the money

It’s good to see Alaa at The Mesopotamian blogging again. There was a somewhat lengthy layoff, and I’m glad know Alaa is ok, and is the same hopeful person.

Today’s entry looks at the enemy with an eye towards the financing behind the terror. The Watergate-era admonition to “follow the money” seems to be quite appropriate.

…there must be a powerful source of external financing for this sustained terrorist campaign that has been going on and escalating for the past four years. Iran and Syria, you might say. Well perhaps, to some extent, but considering the finances of these particular two, the full burden is well beyond their capabilities. Who else can do it? It is not difficult to discover that, if you really look around in the neighborhood.

Read it all

McCain goes all in

For those of you who missed Senator McCain’s address to the cadets at VMI, here is an excerpt, a link to the transcript, and the youtube video of the speech. What strikes me about the address is that McCain “gets it” on THE issue of our time. He’s not afraid to put the full weight of his candidacy in support of the men and women who serve in this epic struggle, and in support of their mission.

“I know the pain war causes. I understand the frustration caused by our mistakes in this war. I sympathize with the fatigue of the American people. And I regret sincerely the additional sacrifices imposed on the brave Americans who defend us. But I also know the toll a lost war takes on an army and a country. We, who are willing to support this new strategy, and give General Petraeus the time and support he needs, have chosen a hard road. But it is the right road. It is necessary and just. Democrats, who deny our soldiers the means to prevent an American defeat, have chosen another road. It may appear to be the easier course of action, but it is a much more reckless one, and it does them no credit even if it gives them an advantage in the next election. This is an historic choice, with ramifications for Americans not even born yet. Let’s put aside for a moment the small politics of the day. The judgment of history should be the approval we seek, not the temporary favor of the latest public opinion poll.” …

Link to transcript

Update:

NRO’s take–> “How often do media hand-wringers lament that politicians’ won’t buck the polls and make unpopular stands on principle? Sen. John McCain is doing just that…”

WSJ’s Opinion Journal –> “Our view is that Mr. McCain’s difficulty so far in attracting conservative voters has nothing to do with Iraq, and everything to do with the positions that once made him the media darling. On the contrary, his support for the war and his appreciation of the stakes is one thing that keeps his candidacy alive …”

Yep, and yep.

Washington Post gets it (almost)

Not a hit piece, but …

Blog4President.us “Veterans Across The Nation Pledge Support To McCain”

the article implies campaign is picking up steam.

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