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Time to Boycott The Welsh!

Paper Pulped Over Muhammed Image (BBC News Online; Tuesday 7th February 2006)

I can understand the Islamic countires boycotting Danish Imports (afterall, what does Denmark export apart from bacon?) but this is getting out of hand. The western papers just need to grow up and stop being purposefully abusive and the Islamic agitators that are fanning the flames around the world also need to get a life. If the images were recent I'd understand the fuss a bit better but for something published about 5 months ago to cause this much fuss and attention now obviously means that there is another agenda behind it.

On the matter of the protests here in London. I certainly don't agree with some of the slogans being bandied around but can certainly accept the 'fancy dress' costumes. I thought the excuse given by the guy that apologised for wearing a suicide bombers costume was perfectly fair. He wanted to create the distress and disgust that the Muslim world felt towards the cartoons within the 'Western' world. By dressing up as a terrorist (acts which he condemns) he caused uproar and anger. Job done. Now you have a vague feeling as to how devout Muslim's felt when hearing about the cartoons (after all - hardly any have actually 'seen' the cartoons).

As a friend (himself a Muslim) pointed out, Islam is a young religion (the youngest of the three Judo-Christian faith) and whereas the Christians went through a tough period of reidentification and uproar during the time of the Crusades Islam is now facing an identity crisis within itself with various views pulling in different directions. Also, now that the threat of the 'Red Menace' has pretty much disappeared with the collapse of the Soviet Union, the western world needs to find a new 'threat'. Islam, for whatever reason, has been chosen as this threat (quite wrongly I feel).

The problem with choosing a religion over a state or political ideology is that religions tend to breed much more 'convicted' devotees. If someone made a rude characture of Stalin or Mao their followers would not be a disgusted as someone who is Christian/Muslim/Jewish would be by a rude characture of their God.

Many people generally have a sense of humour. I have, as yet, to found anyone who is a real devout convert of any religion who has the same degree of humour when it comes to their faith.


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Feb. 7th, 2006 04:53 pm (UTC)
I dont want to be boycotted :(

Take it back or I'll put a Jyhad on you!
Feb. 7th, 2006 04:59 pm (UTC)
I was actually thinking of unfriending you, and the other Welsh folk, on my list in way of protest.
Feb. 7th, 2006 06:06 pm (UTC)
F****** Jyhad on you. it's my Tuesday special :)
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Feb. 7th, 2006 05:26 pm (UTC)
The Kingdom was brilliant. I only have the first season (and that only on old VHS). I'll have to get round to upgrading it to DVD and also tracking down the second season if they ever actually produced it.
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Feb. 7th, 2006 05:31 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the offer but with my backlog of unwatched DVDs I wouldn't like to promise I'd get round to them in a timely manner. I think my best bet to have check the net, buy them, add them to the stack :p
Feb. 7th, 2006 05:44 pm (UTC)
Surely that should be boyo-cott the Welsh (look you now)?
Feb. 7th, 2006 06:07 pm (UTC)
Someone is on form today, butty bach...
Feb. 7th, 2006 06:52 pm (UTC)
Hmm, not sure I agree on the bit about political ideology.
That can be as bad when it takes on trappings of religion.

Which would specifically include Stalin and Mao as it happens!
Feb. 7th, 2006 07:18 pm (UTC)
although interestingly, Mao's own prime minister worked very hard within the system to offset the worst excesses of the 'Cultural Revolution' by all accounts.

But then, Zhou Enlai was kind of a bright guy ; )
Feb. 7th, 2006 07:16 pm (UTC)
Actually, I read that at least one Danish firm has had to lay off at least 100 workers because of boycotts. It would seem that the Danes did a lot of food business in the middle east, perhaps aided by their normally peaceful and neutral image.

The cartoons may have been a nasty attack on a religion, but the response is massively disproportionate and, perhaps sadly, my response to a 'young religion' is "GROW THE F*** UP!" and likewise to the papers who fuelled it on the other side.

Encouragingly, on Sunday I was out canvassing with my local MP (surname Cohen) and we were approached by a muslim resident, whereupon a very reasonable chat ensued with both agreeing that burning and violence was wrong but the approach of some papers was utterly wrong too. It would seem that in the main, British society is coping much better than most with this - which echose Red Ken's statement a while back about Britain, and London especially, being a generation ahead of the rest of Europe.

As for the 'suicide bomber' - convicted drug dealer out on license? walking through london dressed like that? Sorry mate, he's clearly replaced drug peddling with something else to make him feel important and powerful and that kind of thing needs to be clamped down on.

As for the slogans - distasteful. I think people who carried them should at least be cautioned as a warning (though the police were right not to step in during the demo). If they had said 'kill the danes' or similar, they should be arrested (again, not at the time as there was no immediate threat of actual violence).

However, I do think finding the people that organised these slogans and at the very least putting them under surveillance might not be a bad plan... if only to ensure that if they aren't full time zealots they can be protected from the even smaller minority who'd like to turn them into full-timers.

Feb. 8th, 2006 01:39 pm (UTC)
Islamists (not to be confused with muslims) are just using the cartoon thing to fuel the hatred in both sides. Denmark isn't a Muslim country and neither are Italy, France, Spain or Germany - why should local newspapers from these countries feel obliged to follow the Sharia? I wonder what would have happened if the Catholics that didn't like Mel Gibson's 'Passion of the Christ' decided he deserved to die for doing it. The problem as I see it is not that the Muslims (or even the Islamists) are protesting, but HOW they are doing it.
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