Friday, February 17, 2006

Nukes before toilet paper

A Pakistani cleric announced Friday a $1 million bounty for killing a cartoonist who drew Prophet Muhammad, as thousands joined street protests and Denmark temporarily closed its embassy and advised its citizens to leave the country. It's not clear if he was offering one million Pakistani rupees or U.S. dollars but the idea is the same.

What's interesting or rather frightening is that instead of trying actually improve the lives of the people with $1 million it's being offered to murder a cartoonist. India and Pakistan are impoverished countries that can't produce enough food, clean water, health care, education or toilet paper for their people but have nuclear weapons. They say it's for national pride but you can't eat pride and when your child is dying of some curable disease or infection I'm sure the parents would rather have medical treatment instead of highly enriched uranium.

So a Pakistani cleric, and I'm sure there are thousands more, supports bounties on the heads of cartoonists, journalists maybe, U.S. troops probably and I'm guessing anyone one offends them. No calls for better health services. No riots for food, water, shelter, education or jobs. Only death bounties and violent riots to prove to the world they are a peaceful people wronged by a drawing.

When Muslims are murdered by Muslim suicide bombers at mosques, funerals or markets not a word. No riot. No bounty. No nothing. When a guy draws a bad cartoon in an obscure Danish newspaper - death bounties are issued, violent riots (as opposed to peaceful riots) lead to death and destruction all to protest the cartoons which depicted the religion as condoning violence. Makes sense to me as much as a country producing nuclear weapons that can't feed, educate or care for its own people.


Blogger Intellectual Insurgent said...

Well said.

12:05 PM  
Blogger Capt. Fogg said...

A student of history can find endless examples of governments using such things to draw attention away from
their own failures and abuses.

It's precicely because these leaders want to keep people in the stone age that they need to do these things. It's only a difference in scale to accuse Bush of the same kind of thing.

12:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well said. (Not Eddie)

7:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I didn't see Intellectual Insurgent's "Well said" before I wrote the same. I'm not sure I like that. Oh well.

7:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

12:11 PM  

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