BASRA, Iraq (Reuters) - A Muslim cleric in Basra is offering a reward of 100 pounds to any Iraqi who captures a British woman soldier and says she will be kept as a slave if handed over to religious leaders.
This is some pretty serious stuff, and given the state of Iraqi employment at the moment, I think a number of them will jump at the chance to earn £100!
Of course, I doubt that the Army will tolerate one of its soldiers being kidnapped...
The problem for British Islam is that what Sadr and the Boys in Iraq are saying is not too different from the official text, which encourages them to conquer the world, kill unbelievers (us) and live like our old friends the Taliban. We may not like it, but at least they are consistent.
How do we know what to think or believe when Islam's spokesmen in UK say that they are just peaceful people who disapprove of nasty terrorists?
It seems to me we need some very clear and full explanations - what exactly is the difference between Islam in the UK and the Islam everywhere else in the world? And what guarantees are there that UK Islam won't suddenly be taken over by the likes of Hook?
I remember watching pictures of Vietnamese Buddhist Monks who committed self-immolation as a protest against the Septic prescence in indo-china.Now if the camel-jockeys could be encouraged that petrol is OK,Semtex is a no-no.we wouldd all get on much better!
There are a lot of "Christians" [vis-a-vis corporate Christians with a capitol "C"] on this side of the pond also wondering what is up with their "religion" [Bush, Rummy, Ashcroft et alii apear to be a bunch of Christian Crusaders] - maybe it is racist too . . .
Interestingly, Clear Channel (the wondrful folks over here that brought us phony "pro war" ralleys that were poorly attended) has banned Lennon's "Imagine" from all of their radio stations.
No it isn't, it's a political movement patronised by, amongst others, Winston Churchill. Don't confuse Ariel Sharon and co with Zionism: they represent a particularly aggressive form of Israeli nationalism. Zionism, on the other hand, is espoused across the spectrum of Israeli politics.
So the bunch of marxists, ba'aths and pan arab nationalists that want to destroy the Israeli state and kill all Jews are not racists.
Hmmm - multiple standards at work.
The problems start whenever one group of loonies start thinking that their particular God is on their side, and start using that as an excuse to convince people who would otherwise behave sensibly.
If like me you are English and middle class this is something that is difficult to understand. My wife (catholic) and I (protestant) hold true to a set of values that are based on two hundred years of tolerance and at least fifty years of not paying a blind bit of notice to what the priests say.
Whenever a group of savvy thugs get together to try to get the power for themselves they always get on board some daft cleric to lend some sort of legitimacy to their case - the Marxist Robert Mugabe in cahoots with Bishop Banana, the Marxist T'Beki with Desmond Tutu, any daft facist bastard in the world with succesive Arch Bish's of Canterbury. Both sides in Ireland having their hatred fuelled by priests and their efforts to make sure that their take on what God wants wins.
The clerics in Iraq, Palestine, Israel are all peddling the same line that God wants them to do it, and the end result for the clerics will be that they get more power. People like Arafat (moslem in name at least, Marxist in politics) would be a joke were it not for the thuggery they support. The Palestine problem was created by certain socialist arabs who wanted to create a marxist pan arab state.
This is not to sat the Israelis are whiter than white but when people start throwing charges of racism about they should take a big breath and a step or two back.
Neither is better than the other - to be honest my sympathies lay with the Isrealies for being given such a poorly thought out country in the first place (not their fault) and the palastinians for being evicted from their land so that a group of people who have never had a state of their own can live there (again, not their fault).
Racism is wrong, illogical and the plaything of too many politicians/clerics/nationalists. I personally don't want to get drawn on the Isreal/Palastine conflict because my knowledge of the area is "lacking" to say the least.