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Sunday, 23 September 2012

Cultural Differences?

If ever there was needed a method of differentiating between the democratic Judeo-Christian western societies and the Islamic/Asian world, it must be surely be the respect or otherwise for the rule of law and government ministers support for this.

As I write this, mobs of 'offended muslims', have been protesting against a You Tube hosted video which someone has told them they would be upset by if they ever watched it.  99% of them will never have seen the film, which had been on the net for months before some Islamic extremist party had found it and told the world that it had to treat Islam as a special case ... or face the consequences.

Of course Western leaders, instead of telling the Islamic world that all it has to do is learn to use the 'off switch' if they don't like something, have been falling over themselves to condemn this video as "reprehensible"  ... this is in fact totally the wrong thing to do, it just encourages the mobs. These mobs have resulted in large numbers of muslims being killed - 20 died in clashes in Pakistan on one day alone - and overall, there will be probably well over 100 deaths .... mostly of muslim protesters.

Muslim Mobs - Free Speech belongs to them?

So what does some bright spark in the Pakistani government decide to do ..... why offer a bounty to anyone who kills the maker of the film. I'll repeat that, Pakistani Railways Minister Ghulam Ahmad Bilour has been reported as publicly offering to pay out of his own pocket (which has no doubt been well filled by his spell in government), $100,000 (£61,600) to anyone or group who kill a video maker.

Ghulam Ahmad Bilour - Offers $100,000 to kill 'Blasphemers'

This Ayatollah of the railways is quoted as saying, "I will pay whoever kills the makers of this video $100,000. If someone else makes other similar blasphemous material in the future, I will also pay his killers $100,000". ... thus ensuring that there will be more deaths and murders, whenever someone in the muslim world decides that something is 'blasphemous' in their eyes.  He then goes on to threaten all the worlds non muslims with the proviso that .... "I call upon these countries and say: Yes, freedom of expression is there, but you should make laws regarding people insulting our Prophet. And if you don't, then the future will be extremely dangerous".

Now in a civilised country, where ministers are at least said to be accountable, the minister would be sacked on the spot, and possibly face prosecution as well .... but in lands where law and order applies differently to the ruling classes, things are different. This is Pakistan where democracy is only a thin veneer for feudalism, so this ANP party minister remains in office. His party, which is part of the governing coalition, have said that 'this was a personal statement, not party policy', but added that it would not be taking any action against him.

In the meantime, once again the Islamic world echoes to the chants of "Death to America, Death to Israel and Death to the enemies of Islam" as the 'religion of peace' shows us all once again, why its currently the worlds most violent belief system.

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