Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Radically stupid

This whole Muslim-terrorist-radical-jihad issue just gets ridiculouser and ridiculouser. I'm really beginning to feel like Alice in Wonderland... but an insalubrious version of Wonderland (I make a perfectly salubrious Alice. Just so you know).

I mean, does the UK government really have to import supposedly moderate imams from Pakistan to beg plead with teach British Muslims not to go about conniving with Middle Eastern terror-mongers? Are there no "moderate" imams in the UK who can counter the jihadi propaganda in the UK? Have ALL the British imams been branded as radical? Do any British Muslim moderates not have a voice themselves? Do none of them have any control at all over the younger members of their flock who are apparently so terribly disillusioned with their life in Britain that they are able to coolly make plans to kill their fellow citizens?

Anyway, what is a Pakistani cleric going to tell the radical restless that British clerics cannot? Why would they have a better effect anyway? Wouldnt the young local Muslims have more in common with local imams? Why arent the moderate and the open-minded (what's the correct de-escalating terminology here?) imams here speaking up to say "WE will teach our youth to put country and fellow citizens before religion, we dont need foreigners from a non-democracy to do this"?

4 comments:

brinda said...

shyam, get in touch with a certain mr rushdie, salman. he'll be able to tell you how to deal with all those death threats that are no doubt winging their way towards you... :-)

Anonymous said...

:D I think Mr Rushdie, Salman was under the protection of the British Govt. I doubt they'd want to protect me...

- Shyam

brinda said...

in which case, maybe you should follow the british government's example and import moderate security from chennai? i volunteer. will work for chocolate cake

umm oviya said...

moderates from pakistan? which world are they living in? at least malaysia i would understand. and talking about clerics, where i live, the cleric dictates everything... including stock market trading. 'no, it's not haram or a gamble. it's investment' just before an ipo or during a slump, and voila! the index is UP!
unfortunately cleric doesn't say much about the ill treatment of labourers and maids.