LONDON, 25 Feb. Should respecting other cultures mean that we become undiscerning to cultures of death?
As I sit, drinking my morning coffee and reading the daily newspapers, the front pages are overflowing with brow raising headlines, dominating our attentions on “Muslim Outrage”; “Danish Prime Minister says Iran, Syria caused riots”, ”Embassies burn in Cartoon Protests”…”Cartoon Jihad Erupts in Nigeria”.
Recent events have brought Islam to centre stage and generated much of our interest on incredible, even at times incomprehensible consequences
The world has never looked more fragile.
These “doom and gloom” captions usher more significance than just the accompanied editorials. Humankind has borne many hardships and endured many challenges in order to progressively make it through to the next chapter and it would seem the world is once again at a turning point of evolution and survival, echoing lessons of the past.
Recent global events have brought the religion of Islam to centre stage and generated much of our interest on incredible, even at times incomprehensible consequences. The Black revolution of 1979 in Iran resulting in the subsequent hostage crisis of 66 US diplomats; the 1983 US Embassy bombing in Beirut; the hostage crisis of the tragic 1972 Munich Massacre, 9/11, 3/11, 7/7, Bali…one could fill pages.
In point of fact since the 1970’s we have witnessed a chain of escalating misfortunes due to the cause and effects of Islamic fundamentalism entangling the world in a web of airline hijackings, kidnappings, suicide bombings and fatwas. The pattern of Islamic terrorization, which has escalated during the last quarter of a century, has been a trustworthy barometer of many uncertainties to come.
So it comes as no surprise that Islamic fundamentalists once again sought to monopolize another opportunity to intimidate the free world by wreaking havoc over the cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad published by the Danish newspaper “Jyllands-Posten”. Curiously the controversial drawings had also been printed in an Egyptian newspaper “El Fagr” back in October 2005 – notably, one hastens to add, during Ramadan, which has received little attention. So this prompts a question many have asked: why all the excitement now, five months after the fact and, why are protestors not attacking Egyptian embassies and burning the Egyptian flag?
Clearly these protests have been a weak justification given by Islamic mafia to orchestrate an antagonistic reaction of the Muslims’ deepest resentments. We would be wise to take heed of the Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice’s statement that: “Iran and Syria have gone out of their way to inflame sentiments and to use this to their own purpose and the world ought to call them on it”.
These Mollah manufactured protests have taken five months because they have needed to skilfully plan and brainstorm their scheme with each Islamic establishment, which required time to perfect and calculate their predicted gains.
It is not without a doubt that the cartoons were offensive to Muslims.
Nonetheless, noting Muslims’ minimal disregard for the Egyptian El Fagr publication of the cartoons and the intriguing time line of developments, this has clearly been a provocation campaign by the very same Islamo-Gestapo who are going to be reported to the UN Security Council and thus are needing to lay down the foundations of support for themselves not only within the Middle East but also within the borders of the western world. This dress rehearsal of the fundamentals of bully tactics has been a test to challenge and restrain our core democratic principles and freedoms.
There seems to be paradox amidst all the chaos because the very same rioters who are protesting the depictions of Mohammad as, in essence, a murderer are also the same rioters who are using violence and the threat of murder to make their point! The protesters in London held banners up with such slogans as, “Behead those who insult Islam” and warning “Europe you will pay, you’re 9/11 will come”.
Correspondingly these kinds of slogans are encouraged by many Muslim leaders who have articulated the same many times over delivering it as a heavily rooted aspect of the Islamic belief system.
Yassar Arafat himself said “O Allah, Give me Martyrdom”. The Saudi Ambassador to London Ghazi Al-Qusaibi said, “…I Long to die as a martyr; stoning and amputating hands are at the core of Islamic faith". Abu Hamza al-Masri, now arrested in Britain, “Martyrdom is the highest form of Jihad. If you do things for the cause of Allah…this is in the Koran…suicide bombings are a legitimate tactic of war”. Sheikh Mohammad Sayyed Tantawi, Grand Sheikh of Al-Azhar University in Cairo, according to the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), the Sheikh declared that suicide bombing was "the highest form of Jihad operations…every martyrdom operation against any Israeli, including children, women, and teenagers, is a legitimate act according to Islamic law…."
More recently the Godfathers of terror, the Islamic republic in Iran have decided to hold a competition to publish its favourite Holocaust cartoons in attempt to arouse more of a fracas. The Islamo-Gestapo in Iran has always been famous for its support of terrorism and has begun recruiting in Tehran. Fanatic Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadi Nezhad has even stated, "Is there and art form more beautiful, more divine, more eternal than martyrdom?". How profound.
Islamic radicalism hails martyrs and jihadists as champions of Islam. They celebrate death and have no respect for life. Ultimately, do they not proclaim the role of martyrdom and jihad as the epitome of Islam? They rejoice in the deaths of their sons and daughters in suicide escapades more than they do when they were born to them. Death is their motivation, inspiration and salvation. Without it they have no meaning; they have no reason; no purpose.
The cartoons were not an attempt at blaspheming, but rather a mere translation of the Imams and Mullahs’ own gospels and preaching
The cartoons were not an attempt at blaspheming, but rather a mere translation of the Imams and Mullahs’ own gospels and preaching. After all the cartoons were not published as though Islamic radicalism was a falsehood or a baseless fabrication from the wild imaginations of some cartoonist. As if suicide bombers never existed.
The prejudice the rioters are so enraged about is the embodiment of their own belief system. It is they who bring the name of Muhammad into their culture of death; it is they who hail death to the west, it is they who have opened the doors to scrutiny. So now perhaps the world is just beginning to listen.
Listen we must. Multiculturalism and freedom of religion has made assurances that society and religion can never be challenged and scrutinized, but should respecting other cultures mean that we should turn a blind eye to inhumanity, savagery, and barbarism? Today’s newspaper headlines go much deeper than the cartoons - this is an assault on freedom and democracy and a world where “unbelievers” are in danger unless they conform. There must now be the movement for the religion of freedom of expression and a religion of righteous constitutions of democratic ideologies where there can be no room for the tolerance of hatred and terrorism.
People of all colours, creed, religions and political backgrounds must uphold our beliefs of liberty, justice and democracy for all mankind. If we value our fragile lands of freedom then we must draw lines on the concessions we are willing to give to openly destructive ideologies. The time that has past has been time wasted. These cartoons are just the tip of the iceberg and if we are lenient they will remain forever the Caricatures of Reality. ENDS CARTOONS 25206
Editor’s note: Miss Nicole Sadighi is a journalist and an advocate of non-violent movement for democracy in Iran.
The last para: These cartoons are just the tip of the iceberg and if we are not lenient they will remain forever the Caricatures of Reality., must be read: These cartoons are just the tip of the iceberg and if we are lenient they will remain forever the Caricatures of Reality.