Sunday, January 29, 2006

ISLAM'S SENSITIVE SIDE

Muslims across the world are mad. Actually, mad would be a mild description. They are MAAAAAAAD. Very irate. Pissed. They're ready to blow (ok, ok, that one was easy. At least I got it out of my system...). What would make them crawl out of their skin so much ? Look at the reactions:
(...) Saudi Arabia recalled its ambassador from Denmark and Saudi religious leaders have urged a boycott of Danish products." (AFP) "In a demonstration on the West Bank, members of Fatah's al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades threatened Danes in the area and told them to leave immediately, the Danish news agency Ritzau reported on Sunday." (AFP) "Because the Danish media had continued to show disrespect to the Prophet Mohammed and because the Danish authorities failed to take any responsible action on that, Libya decided to close its embassy in Copenhagen," the Libyan Foreign Ministry said in a statement. It also threatened to take unspecified "economic measures" against Denmark. (AFP)
So why, you ask ? Why oh why ? Because of this: This is a sample of a few cartoons posted by the Danish newspaper "Jyllands-Posten" last September. Since then, Muslims are in a tizzy. All Muslims ? Well, not exactly. "Prime Minister Rasmussen explained Denmark's position on that (the drawings), which was very satisfactory to me as a Muslim," Karzai said." according to the AFP (that would be Afghan Prime Minister Hamid Karzai, who is, the last time I checked, a... Muslim). Oh, and that position explained to him was merely the fact that the Danish government had no control over the free expression of a private newspaper in what is a democratic society. But that is not the real problem. The real problem is this: an international religious community that serves as the ideological canvas that motivates and feeds the biggest terror crisis ever is getting all bent out of shape over a few cartoons. Now let me clarify. Every Muslim is not a terrorist. Muslims as an entire religious community are not going to hijack a plane and fly it into a building. Islam as a mainstream religion does not condone sawing off the heads of bound hostages before broadcasting such animalistic behavior on the internet. What I am saying is that Islam at large has done a piss-poor job of dissociating itself from its radical fringe. It has sought to dissociate itself from the butchering bastards in its midst only by playing the "oppressed minority" card to the hilt. No real cooperation in the Global War on Terror, just a lot of whining, as if the cover of politically correct wailing were enough to convince the rest of the world. Meanwhile, what is considered mainstream press in the Arab world gleefully bashes the West and its perceived Israeli proxy like this: Recognize Auschwitz ? Notice the Israeli flags. And for those who do not read Arabic, the sign reads "Gaza or the Israeli Annihilation Camp." Cute, ain't it ? Here's more: The apple represents the Arab world. And to those who would want to use the argument that this type of slight cuts much deeper in the Muslim world than in ours because religion and society are intertwined so much closer, just look at the complainants: Libya, Saudi Arabia, the Palestinians... The usual gallery of rogues. This is not religious; it's political. Childishly so. Suck it up and move on, you pussies...

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