mahnmut: (Quaero togam pacem.)
I've said it before, and I'll say it again. Ideology (religion, nationalism, and all sorts of -isms) is the bane of human civilization, and the root of all evil in this world. Has always been, and will continue to be so for a long time to come.

People have the right to be assholes to other people, and other people have the right to recognize them for the assholes that they are - even if being an asshole helps bring a point through at times. But ending human lives in a gruesome and violent manner over ideology? Now that's beyond despicable. It's not just inhuman, it's NON-human. These people are not humans. They're animals.

Which still doesn't make the millions of ordinary peeps who happen to share their particular brand of mass delusion that they call religion, monsters. The temptation to label them so is particularly big in moments like these, I know. But how we humans conduct ourselves in such situations, is exactly what defines who and what we are.
mahnmut: (Quaero togam pacem.)
"[The plans to organize a burning of the Koran in Gainesville] is precisely the kind of action the Taliban uses and could cause significant problems. Even the rumor that it might take place has sparked demonstrations such as the one that took place in Kabul yesterday. Were the actual burning to take place, the safety of our soldiers and civilians would be put in jeopardy and accomplishment of the mission would be made more difficult."

Can you guess who pronounced those words? An anti-American, Islam-loving, terrorism-tolerating liberal, perhaps? Or someone else?

I won't leave you guessing for too long. It was a national hero, the guy who came up with the Surge idea which has made it possible for the mission in Iraq to reach a new stage, where Iraq is hopefully able to look after itself; it was the guy who was subsequently put in charge of the Afghanistan mission as well, and hopes are he'll bring it to a similar stage too. A hugely respected military commander, to whom many people on both sides of the political barricade claim they would dedicate their trust and would vote for, if he ever considers running for President.

Yes, it was Gen. Petraeus.

Of course he was just one voice in the chorus of voices who protested the plans of Rev. Terry Jones to burn Koran copies in front of his small congregation in Florida to commemorate 9-11. After the storm of outrage, Jones is claiming he's "taking the widespread criticism seriously", but it's yet to be seen what this exactly means. Again we're touching the subject of freedom of speech here, and people getting offended by "too free speech", and this is about deliberately inflaming groups of people for the sake of one's convictions (no matter how bigoted). What say you? Do you approve of his way of delivering his message that "we're warning you [Muslims] that if you attack us, we'll attack you"?

And how prevalent do you think this type of mindset is in society? Is it "no biggie", or is it a symptom of something really bigger?

And when you weigh this guy's alleged patriotism vs the type of patriotism of which Gen. Petraeus speaks, and taking in consideration the potential effects of Rev . Jones' actions for the US troops in foreign countries, where do you stand on the issues of freedom of speech, respecting other groups, and defending the interests of fellow US citizens in cases of this particular type?

By the way more anti-US demonstrations have already erupted in some cities in the Middle East, with flag burning, Allah Aqbar shouts and all the respective paraphernalia - and that, as a direct consequence of Rev. Jones' declared intention (note: I'm not even saying action yet). Any bets on the number of new recruits for the anti-US terrorist insurgency?

mahnmut: (Quaero togam pacem.)
This is deliberate. OK, freedom of speech is important in the Western societies. But why are they pulling the devil by the tail? I wonder where will it all end...

Danish Papers Reprint Muhammad Cartoon

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Danish newspapers reprinted cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad in a gesture of solidarity Wednesday after police revealed a plot to kill the creator of the caricature that sparked deadly riots in the Muslim world.

Danish Muslims said they would seek to avoid a repeat of the violence two years ago — but with a rightwing Dutch lawmaker planning to air a movie that condemns Islam as fascist, Europe pondered the possibility of a new cycle of turmoil.


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mahnmut: (Quaero togam pacem)

Dazed' teacher Gillian Gibbons left to await fate in court over

A teacher is going in front of a court in Sudan because she allowed her pupils to name a teddy bear Muhammad...
The charges are insult to religion and inciting hatred. WTF!?!? Can't I call my teddy bear Jesus, Buddha or whatever? And how is this connected to religion?
And what HATRED can a teddy bear incite? A teddy bear is supposed to be LOVED, right? Am I missing something?
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