Monday, January 30, 2006

Didn't anyone else pick up on this?

Its only been a few days and I'm already sick of the cries of outrage in the Middle East following those "Danish Cartoons". But what pisses me off the most is not he cartoons themselves, its the raw stench of hypocrisy of Middle Eastern thinking. Notice how every time they're is a suicide bombing or an "attack" by Islamic militants on western targets, many people in the middle east quickly rush out to warn westerners to never paint a wide brush blaming all Muslims for those attacks. They claim they are only a minority that are acting on their own set of individual beliefs, and that the majority of Muslims don't share that thinking yada yada yada....

Yet, whenever a minor incident occurs that insults Muslims, this reasoning suddenly looses footing. ALL Americans are responsible for Abu Ghraib, ALL westerners are responsible for the deaths of innocents in Afghanistan, and ALL Danes are responsible for the cartoons published in PRIVATELY owned newspapers.

Right there we see the irrational thought that Muslims must overcome if they want to be taken seriously by the international community. They can't hold a different set of standards between themselves and others. If they want to be treated as rational people who can work with the rest of the world, then they simply have act and think in a rational manner.


At Monday, 30 January, 2006, Blogger aliandra said...

I heard about the cartoons but I didn't see them, so can't comment on whether they were in good taste or not. However, free speech means that no religion is exempt from criticism and ridicule. You may not like what you hear but you can't forbid someone from saying it. You may, however, express a different opinion or address your outrage to the newspaper. To file a complaint with the UN because your sensibilities got offended smacks of great ignorance of western democracy, especially when these folks were living in one.

At Monday, 30 January, 2006, Anonymous Moose Hunter said...

Hear, hear!

It's always a bad omen when some group with a platform has no sense of humour. I see that a lot with Muslim spokesmen.

At Monday, 30 January, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for running an interesting blog, It's nice to see some people in the middle east have common sense enough not to loose their heads about a cartoon in a newspaper.

At Monday, 30 January, 2006, Anonymous Stefarra said...

I absolutely agree w/your post.

It always seem like most Muslims (well, those that speak the loudest) get up in arms (doh) about the stupidest things.

But whenever there is a terrorist attack perpetrated by there co-religious, they either rejoice, say that "not all Muslims are violent, we are the religion of peace, blah blah blah"...


At Tuesday, 31 January, 2006, Blogger Calculator said...

I’m one of those people that you criticize for being angered by those cartoons. I just want to make it clear that I’m not a person who hold a prejudice against anyone. I don’t think that “ALL Americans are responsible for Abu Ghraib, ALL westerners are responsible for the deaths of innocents in Afghanistan, and ALL Danes are responsible for the cartoons published in PRIVATELY owned newspapers” as you say. However, as a muslim, I was instantly offended by those comic drawings of the prophet. You can enter my blog and read the article I wrote about this controversial issue. You can ask any questions and say any comment as long as it is respectful. I think that even if a person doesn’t agree with other people’s views about politics, religion, etc. they should still understand them and not immediately conclude about them as being superficial and ignorant.

At Tuesday, 31 January, 2006, Blogger Leilouta said...

Many people who are boycotting Danish products haven't even seen the cartoons.Isn't that funny?

At Tuesday, 31 January, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The thing that really gets me is that people in muslim countries can burn american and israeli flags, equate the star of David to a swastika(jewish holy symbol), call non-muslims infidels, describe jews as monkeys and pigs, deny that the holocaust ever existed, burn down churches and other religious sites, kill people for converted from Islam, rape and kill christian minorities, say that jews drink the blood of christian children, threaten to wipe out jews, etc., etc.,

with the response being no threats of boycotts from us infidels, no threats of violence, no demands of response in fact. It's somehow okay for muslims to do these things.

But make a few cartoons and the muslim world goes mad!

I just understand.

At Tuesday, 31 January, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

ooops I just don't understand.

At Wednesday, 01 February, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If they want to be treated as rational people who can work with the rest of the world, then they simply have act and think in a rational manner.

but Islam is not rational from our point of view. There is no need for a Muslim to work with the rest of the world. Only when the world is Muslim will you understand. So I guess we'll never understand

At Thursday, 02 February, 2006, Blogger The Girl said...

Ok, i am so beyond sick to death of the whole fuss (and i have seen the cartoons. google them. some were funny, one was a little like equating islam to terrorism, but ultimately open to interpretation. None of them, in my eyes were drawing of "the prophet", but i didn't read the accompanying text, so perhaps there was something there?) but you have to bear in mind that the only voices you are going to hear in a situation like this are the ones who are strongly outraged. People who are so-so on it are hardly going to call the local newspapers and radio stations and scream: "i just saw a cartoon I have no strong feelings at all about!". Doesn't make good press.

The arabic world is HUGE. Check it out on a map. Now add the countries that aren't arabic but in which islam is the predominant religion. It gets even bigger. Even something like 0.5% of the resulting population gives a big number.
So yeah, there ARE a lot of irate idiots making news about it, and some irate non idiots making points about it but there are a billions more just going about their lives with better things to think about that you'll never hear about.

Don't let the few loudmouths color your view of everyone: when that french plain went down (late summer last year?) yahoo news was filled with comments coming from inside the USA saying things like "who cares? less FRENCH people in the world ..they were against the war..blah blah", and "too bad they weren't filled with N***BLEEP!" etc. I mean, really. i was shocked by how ignorant and hateful people could be. It was a LONG list of comments, people! but at no point did i think this was the view of "americans" or yahoo, just a very, very small percentage of the population given balls by the anonymity of the internet. People outside the arabian world don't seem to make that same equation, though.

If people outside the usa only had comments like that to read, only saw the ban on french wine and "french fries" (remember that?) to go on (possibly thinking to themselves that they know all they need to know about "these people" based on news like this), it would be a pretty sad day.

And obviously, the average muslim or arab person doesn't think ALL americans do anything, anymore than (i would hope) the average person in the states or canada thinks ALL muslims are flag burning anti-semetics. Hell, there's probably more flag burning done in the states by moody teenagers than anywhere else.

At Thursday, 02 February, 2006, Blogger The Arabian Knight said...

Well yeah, I was mainly talking about the drooling idiots we hear about evreyday, I was'nt painting ALL muslims and Arabs with the same brush. Heck I AM ARAB.

At Friday, 03 February, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Interesting all this stuff about insulting Muhammed.

If Muslim people said nothing it would have withered and die. Or if they must protest they could have firmly but politely said said "this is wrong please don't do it" and it would wither and die. Plus Muslims would gain the respect of millions of non-Muslims for being truly wise and enlightened.

But the inciteful indignation and even hatred spread by some elements of the Islamic world over this matter, has ensured the wide spread dissemination of the Muhammed insults around the world, and portrayed Islam in a bad light. Will this stop people from insulting Muhammed? No, their actions have encouraged it.

Today many people around the world are looking at the reaction in the Islamic world and saying; "Wait a minute, we see Muslims doing and saying things that insult Muhammed, Islam, and even God every day; but there is not a peep of protest, or any action taken to stop it from within the Islamic world."

I say to Muslims - you are upset over a cartoon! Why? Muhammed is in heaven and quite capable of taking care of himself. What Muhammed instructed you to do was to be concerned about people who could not take care of themselves, take care of those who are oppressed, stop the torture of Muslims by Muslims (prisons in Saudi Arabia and Iran for example, and so on.

You can blame the west for anything you want, but to be true to Islam you must clean up your own countries. If you did that then you'd get the respect of all the people in the world and there would be no need for outrage at cartoons.

Would cleaning up your countries be easy? No it would be quite a struggle. But Muhammed told you it would be a struggle. It's easy to pick a fight (jihad?) with foreigners. It even looks courageous. But the really hard struggle, the one Muhammed told Muslims about, is to clean up your own region, to build a better life for your own people.

I'm saddened to see people falling for the easy way that does not solve the local problems in Islamic countries. I suspect Muhammed is too.

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