MILLINOCKET, Maine, August 17, 2014 – Somewhere around 765 AD, Islamic law was amended to allow the practice of al-taqiyya, or taqiyya. Taqiyya is omitting or denying truth to prevent harm to the individual. The Shi’ites were under persecution by Sunnis at the time, so taqiyya became a way to protect themselves.
Over the years, taqiyya has evolved to apply to a multitude of dealings not only with Sunnis but also with the “infidels” or unbelievers. In other words if you are a Shia Muslim, you are allowed to lie to your advantage in any situation.Now we come to the delightful part of our story: Al Gore’s been had by the Muslims! To the tune of tens of millions of dollars! Mister “I won’t sell to Glen Beck because of philosophical differences” can try to take those philosophical differences to the bank! (Sorry for using so many exclamation points, but this story cries out for jubilant exclamation.)
Apparently, in January of 2013, Al Jazeera thought that Current TV was overpriced at $500 million but decided not to mention it at the time of the agreement to buy it. Their opportunity to gain a foothold in the American cable TV landscape might not have happened if haggling over the price got in the way of closing the deal.
Taqiyya to the rescue! It’s much easier to let the Americans think they made out like bandits, and then later find out that the bandits were on the other side of the table. At this date, Al Jazeera still owes Al Gore and the shareholders of current TV $65 million dollars and haven’t shown any signs of paying it.
“Poetic justice” may be an overused phrase, but it certainly applies in this case. It’s just too delicious that an Arab organization would stiff a prominent leftist and climate change proponent.
A good solution would be that Qatar, where Al Jazeera is based, should offer Al Gore carbon offset credits in the amount owed. Surely Al Gore would jump at the chance to protect the planet and reduce his carbon footprint.
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