February 06, 2006
I’m Not Just Offended, I’m Outraged!
Well, they are very bright people over there after all, all those academics and such. So why not?
I’m offended. Those people, by their actions, have demonstrated the essentially corrupt nature of their society and culture. Their behaviour, which all right-minded people should be offended by, should be universally condemned. If anything shows that we are right and they are wrong, this is it. And I call upon all of those who agree with me to take action, while there is still time. To those who say that our side has also erred, I agree: there have been errors of judgement. But if anything our mistake has been to do too little and too late. We now need to wake up and respond to the danger that confronts us. In any case, to suggest that what we have done bears comparison with what they have done is itself deeply offensive and such sentiments betray the inner corruption of those who utter them. Some principles are absolute and this is one of them. Some have suggested that it is hypocritical of me to take offence at what those people have done whilst ignoring or excusing what some other people have done. Such critics thereby reveal their own inability to distinguish between those people and the other people (who have surely suffered enough and deserve a break). Others have intimated that I spend my time trawling the internet looking for obscure TV clips and articles in foreign languages to be offended by. Frankly, I find such comment offensive: the price of what we hold sacred is eternal vigilance and someone has to take on the responsibility of telling our people about the grave danger they face from those people.
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Finally, something we can all agree on.
Posted by: P. Froward | Feb 6, 2006 2:34:23 PM
I think that we all already knew that the fundamentalists were wrong. Unfortunately this piece makes the mistake of not distinguishing them from the broader muslim population. Even the MCB who I love to disagree condemned the protesters and said they should be prosecuted. Surely that says something.
Posted by: reformist muslim | Feb 6, 2006 8:03:06 PM
Unfortunately this piece makes the mistake of not distinguishing them from the broader muslim population.
From my vantage point in the Middle East (currently sitting in Doha) I can assure you that the majority of Muslims have little qualms with the violence being perpetrated in the name of Islam, even if they do not join in the fun themselves. I have yet to hear a single voice condemn the violence without a "but" coming right behind it, and I'm scouring the dailies over breakfast each morning.
Posted by: Tim Newman | Feb 7, 2006 6:09:54 AM
Posted by: Simon Smith | Feb 7, 2006 1:17:07 PM