Thursday, February 09, 2006

the cartoon saga

feb 9th

here's a mohammedan seeking support on the cartoon issue.

how nice it would be if they and the marxists waxed equally eloquent about mf husain's blasphemous paintings!

but it is quite edifying to see white guys scrambling now in the face of mohammedan fury. i don't see them telling each other to 'negotiate' with the mohammedans as they have been telling india to 'negotiate' with mohammedan fundamentalists like musharraf and co.

moral: it's easy to pontificate when it's someone else's house on fire.

it is pretty intriguing that what we're seeing may be "manufactured rage", because the cartoons were first published in september, and in fact were reprinted in an egyptian newspaper then, and nobody was much bothered. now mohammedan activists have latched on to this as a cause celebre. i believe 5,000 danish mohammedans fanned out across west asia to create the rage. interesting marketing activity, creating a demand for retribution.

'eurabia' is more or less a reality now, thanks in part to american collusion with arabs over oil prices. that has given saudi arabia the wherewithal to fund 'eurabia'.






>To: undisclosed-recipients:;
>Subject: Have a look at the pics.
>Date: Mon, 6 Feb 2006 19:38:05 +0400
>
>IMMEDIATE ATTENTION!
>
>TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN
>
>THIS IS A VERY IMPORTANT AND SERIOUS MESSAGE. THE FOLLOWING HAD HAPPENED IN
>DENMARK BY JYLLANDS POSTEN (A NEWSPAPER). THEY CONDUCTED A COMPETITION ON
>DRAWING FUNNY PICTURES FOR PROPHET MOHAMMED (PBUH), ALTHOUGH OF THE
>COMPLAINTS OF THE ISLAMIC ORGANISATIONS TO STOP THIS HUMILIATING
>COMPETITION, STILL THEY INSISTED ON DOING IT.
>UPON RAISING THE ISSUE TO THE GOVERNMENT, THEY SUPPORTED THE NEWSPAPER ON
>DOING SO AND IGNORED THE ISLAMIC ORGANIZATIONS REQUEST.
>THE RESULT WAS PUBLISHING PHOTOS FOR PROPHET MOHAMMED (PBUH) SHOWING HIM
>LIKE A TERRORIST AND OTHERS MAKING FUN OF HIM.
>THIS IS A SERIOUS MESSAGE FOR ALL THE PEOPLE TO START TAKING ACTIONS
>AGAINST DANISH PRODUCTS SUCH AS NIDO, ANCHOR, LAURPACK OR ANY DANISH
>PRODUCT.
>YOU HAVE A FATHER,MOTHER, AND SISTER, WHAT WILL YOU DO IF SOMEONE HUMILIATE
>THEM.
>THEN REMEMBER THIS GOD'S MOST BELOVED PERSON
>ON THE WHOLE UNIVERSE AND TOMORROW HE WILL ASK YOU WHAT HAVE YOU DONE.
>SPREAD THIS MESSAGE OR SEND SMS TO WHOM EVER YOU CAN AND LETS DO SOMETHING
>FOR OUR PRECIOUS AND BELOVED PROPHET MOHAMMED (PBUH).
>STOP BUYING DANISH PRODUCTS, LET THEM KNOW THAT WE HAVE DIGNITY AND PRIDE.
>REMEMBER THE SAHABA THEY SACRIFICED THEIR LIVES FOR HIM, WILL YOU SACRIFICE
>A FEW MINUTES FROM YOUR TIME TO SPREAD THIS MESSAGE OR EVEN STOP PURCHASING
>A DANISH PRODUCT, INSHALLAH YOU CAN ITS NOT THAT DIFFICULT.
>
>ALSO CHECK THIS WEBSITE FOR YOU TO SEE IT YOURSELF:
>
> http://www.di2.nu/files/Muhammed_Cartoons_Jyllands_Posten.html
>
>DIGNITY AND PRIDE ARE ALWAYS HARD AND EXPENSIVE TO KEEP, AND THIS WAS ONE
>OF THE PROHET MOHAMMED'S (PBUH) LESSONS THAT HE WANTED US TO LEARN. TO LIVE
>A RESPECTED AND HONOURABLE LIFE, AND THE LEAST THING WE CAN DO IS TO TELL
>HIM THANK YOU.
>
>
>
>
>For your information and action please
>
>==============================================================
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8 comments:

Sage said...
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Kalyani said...

Very sagely put ,Sage!I agree with you!

If possible wring our hands in mock anguish "yeh kya hora ha hai...."!

http://www.dailypioneer.com/indexn12.asp?main_variable=EDITS&file_name=edit3%2Etxt&counter_img=3

Posting the above article:-
"Balbir K Punj

In February 1989 Robert MacNeil, co-host of "MacNeil/Lehrer News Hour" on the USA's Public Broadcasting Service had told Daniel Pipes: "You know, I've been reporting news for decades, but I've never before seen a novel as the lead item in the day's news" (Daniel Pipes in The Rushdie Affair). MacNeil was referring to Salman Rushdie's novel, The Satanic Verses, that resulted in unforgettable turmoil in the Muslim world.




MacNeil, who himself dabbled in literature after his retirement in 1995, might have been stumped to find cartoons becoming the lead of the day's news. The cartoons of Prophet Mohammed have led to the burning of the Danish Embassy in Beirut in proverbial hellfire and have unleashed pitched battles on the streets of Damascus, Kabul, Tehran, Jakarta, etc. In New Delhi, students of Jamia Milia Islamia clashed with the police while normal life was paralysed in Kashmir.



The media has been circumspect towards the sensitivities of Muslims, and not dismissed their protest as an outburst of 'lunatic saffron fringe'. Such 'outburst' was visible against MF Husain's works. The world famous artist chose to paint obscene images of Hindu gods and goddesses. Is the indifference of media because adherents of Mohammed could resort to 'direct action' while followers of Bharat Mata, Saraswati and Sita abided by norms of civil society?



Cartoons, historically speaking, are products of democratic and free societies of West, which allow space to citizens to take irreverent digs at the ruling establishment or prevailing values. In print media, the term was first applied in 1843 to humourous illustrations by John Leech, in Punch magazine. His cartoons satirising British politicians find a place in the Palace of Westminster, that is British Parliament.



Cartoons, like print media itself are thus a western concept which made inroads into closeted Islamic nations in 18th century under the influence of rising Western supremacy. The technology of printing press (invented in 1456 in Germany) had reached the Ottoman Empire within 50 years, courtesy the Jew refugees of Spain invited to Turkey. The technology was used by Jews, Armenians and Arabic speaking Christians.



But Arabic and Turkish languages were not committed to printing before 1727 - not because of any technological reasons, as Bernard Lewis informs in his book, Islam and West (p 32), but because the popular notion that the 'divine Arabic script' should not be committed to typography. Ultimately, those scripts were put to printing machine, leading to growth of press and publication in Arabic and Turkish in 19th century. Cartoons, crosswords, quizzes, puzzles, and other media paraphernalia, too, entered Arabic, Turkish and Persian press.



Today, the Arab press is full of cartoons on Israel, Zionism, and the West. But cartoons presuppose humour, a quality which was somewhat alien to the strict, stern and authoritarian character of Islam. A Muslim does not have the freedom to make fun of his religion or question it. He sees no reason why non-Muslims should try their hand at it either.



Recently, when Dan Brown wrote his bestselling The Da Vinci Code that contained material explicitly offensive to Christian belief, no believer or Church declared a price on his head. Dan Brown might be wrong in saying Jesus was married and had a progeny. But his fundamental right to freedom of thought and expression was never challenged. The Vatican courteously protested; but there were record sales of his book. Compare this with the ordeals of Salman Rushdie and Taslima Nasreen.



The cartoons of Prophet Mohammed that have riled the Muslim world were originally published in the centre-right Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten on September 30, 2005. The paper had invited 40 different artists to send their cartoons on how Prophet Mohammed looked like. Only 12 responses were published under the article titled, "Muhammed's ansight" ("The face of Mohammed").



A number of Muslim organisations filed complaints with the Danish police, saying that Jyllands-Posten had committed an offence under Sections 140 and 266b of the Danish Criminal Code that prohibits any person from publicly ridiculing or insulting dogmas of worship of any lawfully existing religious community in Denmark.



The Danish police began their investigation on October 27, 2005, but on January 6, this year the public prosecutor of Viborg township called off the investigation saying there was little basis for concluding that those cartoons constituted criminal offence. From January onwards these cartoons have been published in various papers of Europe.



The opposition to Mohammed's cartoons revolves round twin themes. First, there is a prohibition of visually depicting Mohammed, a prohibition that originally extended to depiction of human figure. The ban, though strictly enforced, was never observed in toto. A Persian painting of 1550 popularly called Miraj shows Prophet Mohammed ascending on the Burak into heavens. Siyer-i-Nabi is a Turkish epic about the life of Prophet Mohammed written by a Mustafa commissioned by Sultan Berkuk, the Mameluk ruler of Egypt, and completed in 1388. Ottoman Padshah Murad III (1574-1595) ordered the work to be illustrated and commissioned famous calligrapher Lufti Abdullah for the task.



The completed work contains 814 miniatures in six volumes depicting Prophet Mohammed either as a flame or veiled figure whereas people around him are figured in normal human form. Volume I, III and VI are in Topkapi museum of Istanbul; Volume III is in New York Public Library; and Volume IV is in Chester Beatty library in Dublin. About two dozens of the miniatures are in the hands of private antique collectors. They were first sold in Draout Auction House in Paris in March, 1984.



Apart from blasphemy, the cartoons have been charged with inciting malice towards Muslims as terrorists. It is true that most Muslims are not terrorists but most terrorists are Muslims. But the response of adherents of 'religion of peace' has also been violent. There are no two opinions about the fact that Jylland-Posten should have been more circumspect. But the more important point is that little has been achieved with its bravado. Little indeed, beyond proving West's commitment to freedom of speech and expression and creating sensationalism that might bolster its circulation figures.



A portraiture, rather than caricature of Islam, would have served the purpose better. By portraiture, I mean an authentic analysis of theology, history and strategy of Islam, rather than mocking at it derisively. Islam is a serious affair even when it promises imperishable youth, 79 virgins and unlimited quota of fine wine in paradise for a shaheed (who dies in the process of killing non-Muslim kafir), or suicide-bombers.



Islam has been a mystery to non-Muslims. India had horrendously suffered under Islamic domination for 700 years, the description of which has been left for posterity by Muslim chroniclers themselves. Yet, not before Swami Dayanand in the 19th century, did Hindus ever feel the necessity to study the theology of Islam that had bedevilled them for centuries. It was to the credit of European (Christian) scholars in the Middle Ages who sought to unravel this mystery written in Arabic script and deliver it to the world at large.



It is because of the spadework of those European scholars that we have translations of Quran, Hadith, biography of Prophet Mohammed and the history of Islam in public domain. Initially, these research works were undertaken by evangelists in the Middle Ages. It was part of Europe's response to Islam's military challenge.



But 17th century onwards they were taken over by secular scholars. By that time Islam's comparative force had diminished vis-à-vis a resurgent Europe before it surrendered for a time being to the European might. But today, the forces of Islam are threatening the West and India again as in the medieval ages. Today, a level-headed analysis of the Islamic threat, rather than sensationalism, is called for".

habc said...

What I would like to know is is any Muslim / Muslim organzation supported us during our problems against Mofo Hussein?

If they did not help us out why should they expect our Help - FO - AlienVsPredator coming true - Boo Fn Hoo

habc said...

"If possible wring our hands in mock anguish "yeh kya hora ha hai...."!"


Hey I would like to add to that

Bahut Bura Hua - Jaan Kay Bahut Dukh Hua. Ab Sak Kuch Bhul Jaao-Galtiyaa Sabse Hoti Hain.
(English Subtitle-Very Bad thing happened - Very Sad to hear about it-Forget all about it-Everybody makes mistakes

habc said...

It is manufactured rage- see this article and thread

Kalyani said...

Rajeev ,

A good writeup by T.R. Jawahar,Editor of Newstoday:-

"http://newstodaynet.com/point/1102po1.htm"

"Clash of The Uncivilized"

Sandeep said...

Here's Dilip D'Souza's apology to the murdering Muslim mobs:http://dcubed.blogspot.com/2006/02/no-trumps-here.html

Cheers!
Sandeep
www.sandeepweb.com

Kalyani said...

I am narrating just one fact among very,very,many,many....

The hideously barbaric marauders had Sri Krishnar's Vigraham in Mathura, broken into pieces,mixed with beef ,scattered all over and urinated upon.

There you have a dekko into their mindset.What is egregiously appalling is the contemporary hindu apologists and sophists who imagine and enforce too,that lllllovvving them would undo everything!

Let us not forget,we have Bhagavan's own words where He says
"....for the sake of Draupadi alone,... (He).. annihilated all the adharmic adversaries".

Dharmam is that Weighty and Precious!