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Mitsubishi Calls Off “Jihad”

Fine. You caught me. I do indeed spend much of each working day doing searches for "jihad" in Google News. But that doesn't make me any less brokenhearted to see that after days of talking tough and promising to stay … Read More

By / September 25, 2006

Fine. You caught me. I do indeed spend much of each working day doing searches for "jihad" in Google News.

But that doesn't make me any less brokenhearted to see that after days of talking tough and promising to stay the course, a Mitsubishi dealership in Columbus, Ohio has caved to widespread pressure and called off its jihad-themed advertizing campaign.

The dealership had declared a "jihad on the U.S. auto market," had advertized one of its vans as "comfortably seat[ing] 12 jihadists in the back," and had promised that "Our prices are lower than the evildoers' every day."

Alas, fifty-eight minutes ago Reuters reported that the Ohio chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (which, by the way, has not yet delivered my free DVD of the life of Muhammad or my free English translation of the Noble Quran. I'm just saying.) has wrangled from the dealership a grovelling apology and a promise not to proceed with the advertizing campaign.

Does the clash of civilizations allow for no sense of humor at all?

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