Wednesday, February 15, 2006

A farce and a tragedy

Muslim demonstrations continue unabated around the world over the 'Prophet Cartoon' incident. Now we know the extent Muslims would go to protect their religion and their Prophet. Unfortunately, even before a single 'perpetrator' of these cartoon images is punished, at least 3 Muslims have died as a result of the protests.

In their haste to burn down a KFC restaurant, movie theatres and offices in Peshawar, Pakistan, 3 people, one of which was a 8 year old boy, were killed. All 3 were Pakistanis (and most likely, Muslims). Additionally, 48 people were reportedly injured. This is a tragedy. Did these people have to die? and who caused these deaths? I am sure some would say that westerners are ultimately to blame, conveniently explaining away the fact that Muslims are inadvertently killing Muslims. Is this the way that Muslims revere their Prophet - by destroying things indiscrimately, ignorantly and hurting his followers in the process? I say indiscrimate because KFC has nothing to do with Denmark in the first place!

It is deeply worrying that we have potentially thousands of Muslims in the world today that will commit acts of destruction at a whim, irrespective of what the truth may be.

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