From a friend’s facebook wall, the quote of the day: “The movie defaming Prophet Muhammad wasn’t a movie, it was a trailer. WE are the movie.”.
To be loved by idiots was the caption to one of Charlie Hebdo’s earlier prophet cartoons (of course, not reproduced here since that would be blasphemous, but if you wish to see it, go here).
Pakistan officially celebrated the love today.
At last count, at least 20 killed. 200 plus injured. Millions in property destroyed.
Saba Imtiaz has an excellent summary here.
The PPP government spent the last 5 days trying to get ahead of the protesters by taking ownership of the issue. They announced a national day of love. They basically issued a license to the population to come out and protest. They got the media and every political party to join this game of “I am more upset at the blasphemy than you are”. e.g. Imran Khan had been lukewarm earlier, but decided to jump on the bandwagon fully on Thursday when people started asking why he was not joining the love-fest. Friday then proceeded as anticipated.
Khan sahib, btw, is said to have addressed some protesters, sent them off towards the US embassy and then disappeared to some safe location. He is learning fast.
The pomo-poco bullshitters will soon explain the real reasons behind this eruption and issue new calls to take another look at the Western White notion of “free speech” in leading Western journals. When you read them, dear reader, I suggest a few questions:
1. What exact concrete steps should be taken to prevent blasphemy in the future. NOT “no one should do it”. Thats just bullshit. No one should set fires either but some people do. Whats the plan if someone DOES do it? How do we identify it? how do we stop it? who takes those decisions and what are the criteria?
2. What exactly is the demand of the protesters here? what is the story that cannot be questioned? And why?
3. What does this have to do with anything.
Pakistan’s elite has been training people to fight for “Islam” for 6 decades under the assumption that in fighting for Islam, they will also be fighting for Pakistan, which means they will be fighting for said elite and its specific concrete aims in the country and in the region. Matters have got out of hand a little. The country is now beset with dozens of armed militias all supposedly fighting for Islam but generally happy to fight for the highest bidder. Meanwhile, evil international powers disapprove and want some of them shut up. Its a tough fight and doing it under false pretenses is not easy (because its so hard to change stories at this point..easier to kick the can down the road complaining about CIA-Mossad plots while trying to do SOME of their bidding while crazily looking around for some new sponsor..Russia, China, anyone..)
How will they put the genie back in the bottle? Using what new story? And what efficient state apparatus?
Until they figure it out, expect more intermittent mayhem. Blasphemy or no blasphemy.
btw, a protester brought his Hitler picture along. This Hitler thing is currently viral on FB in Pakistan with slogans thanking him for killing 6 millions Jews (while denying the holocaust ever took place):
This was forwarded on Twitter as the screenshot of an FB page (I do not discount the possibility that someone framed “Proud Pakistani”, I have not seen the FB page myself) https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151450673599896&set=a.10150315105574896.418111.505834895&type=1&theater