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BY JOHN SMITH
though the consequences of publishing the drawings of the Prophet
taken many turns up until now, somehow still all of them seem rather
fundamentalists are taking for themselves the right to insult an entire
civilization by publishing drawings of the Prophet, an act that is not
remotely connected to any form of freedom of speech that Westerners are
engaged in practicing.
around the world are getting all upset about this cheap provocation,
flags, economically boycotting products from some Western countries,
that for some people on this planet still some things are holy,
this circle dance is spinning, over here everyone seems to know what
is about; a bad forgery of what it means to practice our democratic
like freedom of speech are going to the highest bidder. While Muslims
the World are demanding apologies for something we do not understand
should give, the people who were fighting for centuries for these
are so heavily abusing these days are for sure turning in their graves.
one more time truly reflects how we no longer have any respect for
that does not come in the form of hard, soft, or liquid -oil currency.
also why we just cannot relate to the fact that they are burning
They are sending us the message that they would rather die of hunger
up with our ignorance that yet again resulted in the completely
insult of an entire civilization.
thing does not in any way help to diminish the already sharpened
between the civilizations, a conflict which we do not see as an actual
consequence also of our own actions, which therefore results also in
responsibility for the results of the very same actions. We are as
quick to define them as fundamentalists, in order to contrast them with
so much more progressive. In any event, we are presenting ourselves as
trying to make this world a better place, as the ones who know with
that the world would be so much better a place if everyone would just
to the Western democratic model.
of course, while THE cause is up for grabs, the needy are in queue to
for legitimatization of their own agendas that do not necessarily have
to do with the issue as it is; but it in any case can prove to have a
than ever potential for pushing one’s own hidden agenda,
as true members if the progressive side of the world that is doing its
reorganize the other side, the less progressive side, daily by the
of it, by bombing it into ashes, doing to it previously unthinkable
under the constant excuse of doing it for THE cause.
not so long ago the same parody of an entire system of persuasion
the entire population of
all, there is no better way of mutating a disease then letting people
of their own inherited paranoia about totalitarian dictatorships,
acting out of
one’s unreasonable fears about something that we can only
slightly compare to
the same original they were suffering under, since ruling the middle
countries or relating to an entirely different civilization about which
so little, is so much more complicated anyway.
knew what was going to happen after the Americans invaded Iraq, since
had shown us now so many times in history what they are capable of
realize their goals while then assigning responsibility for it to
So my question is why was it more important to act as if we did not
despite the fact that history repeats itself and we all know to what
American understanding of what is going on in this world does not fit
picture of reality that the rest of us share, and we knew very well how
American foreign policies have always been closely coordinated with
economic interests rather than ever using politics to coordinate world
anything resembling it, not even by a far resemblance as it were? The
to which we might never find out.
And media of
course is not of much help unless they are there to either
sabotage us or preferably to demonise us as much as the Norwegian
ethics of journalism allow it to at any given time and at any
For example, “Hvorfor,
Quafa?” a Danish documentary
series which deals with a vision of Islam from the Muslim point of view
by an originally Moroccan lady which had grown up in the Danish
system is not of course transmitted on Norwegian television in any
program time slot which might tempt people to inform themselves and
something. This program, even on the sate run NRK channel, is squeezed
a series of children’s programs and stupid American dating
programs between the
late morning hours and lunch time on Sundays.
really asked yourselves whether Muslim women are oppressed?
There are more rules in the Koran today which protect women from abuse
there are similar laws in the various European laws, which protect
being maltreated. And if you think that they are then you should ask
whether women in our secular as well as Christian marriages are any
since there are no rules in the Bible that are specifically there for
protection of women only. And as for the arranged marriages, well just
look around and make a note of how many people you know that married
and how many that have married for whatever other reason? Those
reasons’ are exactly the ones upon which the arranged marriages
are based. By
the way, the arranged marriage is not the same as forced marriage, and
average Per or Kari should have understood the difference between the
word in the Koran is ‘learn’ and it embraces an act of
we humans are capable of in the broadest sense possible, irrespective
human being’s gender.
other questions that remain unanswered, but that still leave a trace in
empty space that still awaits for an awakening of the revolutionaries
continue turning in their graves are:
Why is it
that we always seem to attack aspects of the religion that we are not
understand too much about, aspects that cannot be changed because they
aren’t we attacking the aspects that can actually be changed,
treatment of women and children?
aren’t we attacking the aspects, which obviously are caused by
misinterpretations of the Koran and Mohamed scriptures?
misinterpretations of the Bible that we have, and that we are still
daily, should be no big news for us. We used centuries to get over our
misinterpretations and to define them away as illegitimate due to the
intentional misuse of whatever people are willing to believe.
other hand, everyone should understand by now that something is
missing in this entire discussion. One voice is for some reason not
those voices that can explain to us that not all Muslims are
and that not all the fundamentalists are Muslims?
that after so many centuries of attempted domination over all other
our intelligence appears to be on such a low level that the only way we
think of others, the ones that do not resemble ourselves, is only in
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