June 10, 2008
Insufficiently Fearful InfidelsTopics: Understanding Islam
David Thompson on the latest demands and barely-veiled threats by Islamic organisations:
Further to the Guardian's Jakob Illeborg and his apparent belief that freethinking societies are best defended by doing a lot less of that freethinking business, at least with regard to Islam, it seems he's not alone.Continue reading: Insufficiently Fearful
First, there's the Pakistani ambassador to Denmark, Fauzia Mufti Abbas:
"It isn't just the people of Pakistan that feel they have been harassed by what [Jyllands-Posten] has begun," she said. "I'd like to know if your newspaper is satisfied with what it has done and what it has unleashed?" The matter of the cartoons, she said, was something Danes needed to reflect on.
I'm sure readers will spot the familiar supremacist assumptions and the consequent moral inversion. The deaths, riots and violence were, apparently, "unleashed" by infidels who drew cartoons satirising previous threats and violence by belligerent Muslims. Things of which we must not speak. Those actually doing the murdering, threatening and rioting are, it seems, "harassed". Poor them. Thus, by the ambassador's thinking, the fits of emotional incontinence and attempts to cow dissent become our responsibility and, conveniently, no-one else's. And those who need to "reflect" on what has happened - and what will no doubt happen again - are infidels who are, as yet, insufficiently fearful. And, by the same logic, we must learn to pacify and accommodate people who are prideful, malevolent and insane. Or else.
Posted by Richard at June 10, 2008 7:56 AM
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