Only a few hours to go before Armageddon

Since today is 22 August, and we all know what that means, am kind of surprised the end of the world hasn't come yet... What's up Ahmedinejad? Get on with it already.

Then I started thinking about it, trying to emulate the great mind of Bernard Lewis. The threat might not be literal, but something more insidious, more perverse. Imagine an Iranian sleeper agent with a mission to bring down Western society. Imagine someone who, perhaps more than anyone at the moment, represents the kind of Western decadence Sayyid Qutb and the Ayatollah Khomeini were warning against.

Wait... could this be a sign?

Paris Hilton is releasing her album Paris on Tuesday, though for the 25-year-old hotel heiress, socialite and star of The Simple Life, making music is nothing new, she reveals.

"When I was little," she tells Blender magazine for its September issue, she was forced to practice piano, violin and guitar "every day ... since I was 11. My mom made me."

All the practice seems to have paid off: Of her new album, she tells the magazine: "I, like, cry, when I listen to it, it's so good."
It gets worse:

Paris Hilton is leaving her promiscuous past behind her and is trying to encourage women to join her on her “no sex for a year” pledge.

Paris said recently: “It’s sexier when a girl is flirty but she doesn’t do anything.”

“I think women should be confident and strong, and they often underestimate themselves and give in to men.”
Paris Hilton is on a jihad against Western men, clearly. Against all their senses. For didn't Nostradamus write:
Quatrain 1.39

By night in bed the supreme one strangled,
The elevated blonde, for too great an involvement:
By three the empire is surrogated and enslaved,
To death, neither letter nor packet read.
Ah, Bernard... you're so lucky to be over 80.

Paris Satanism
Paris Hilton makes the sign of the Beast. Be afraid. Be very afraid.
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Issandr El Amrani

Issandr El Amrani is a Cairo-based writer and consultant. His reporting and commentary on the Middle East and North Africa has appeared in The Economist, London Review of Books, Financial Times, The National, The Guardian, Time and other publications. He also publishes one of the longest-running blog in the region, www.arabist.net.