A saner Advice to West


By Farman Nawaz (Daily Pakistan Observer)

Pakistan Observer

http://epaper.pakobserver.net/201501/26/comments-2.php

The massacre of 17 people in Paris and 145 people including 132 schoolchildren in Pakistan is carried out by the same type of religious fanatics but the difference is that World leaders poured into Paris to attend the Unity March to show international solidarity while in case of Pakistani massacre the European Union and UNO were trying to convince Pakistan to stop hanging the religious extremists.

French government allowed the publication of controversial cartoons of Prophet Muhammad because it is freedom of expression but surprisingly the Charlie Hebdo kicked out its cartoonist in 2009 for alleged anti-Semitism. The insult of Islam was tagged as “freedom of speech.” However, the magazine has itself in the past failed to stick to this stance. In 2009, the weekly fired Maurice Sinet, a political cartoonist for his cartoons that ridiculed the relationship of former French President Nicolas Sarkozy’s son with a wealthy Jewish woman.

When in 2006 Iran organized a Holocaust Cartoon Contest then it was condemned by Germany, United States and Israel. Former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan said that the Holocaust was a historical fact and that an exhibition of anti-Holocaust cartoons promoted hatred. Now what about the hatred promoted by publishing cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad?

In France a man can marry a man and a woman can marry a woman but recently a novel ‘Submission’ is published in France depicting France under a Muslim President in the near future and Muslims all over the France enjoying polygamy. A culture which does not afraid of same sex marriages is worried about polygamy. Strange. The French Revolution led to democracy but today the writer of the ‘Submission’ is afraid of democratic rights of Muslim population of France.

When Muslim fighters were pouring from all over the Muslim World to join Islamic State in Syria then no one was there to stop these fanatics but when few young men from the Western World joined Jihadis of Syria then the western powers tried their best to stop these people. One of the attackers of French Newspaper Massacre, named Cherif Kouachi had been sentenced to three years in 2008 for involvement in network sending men to fight with al-Qaida in Iraq. Similarly British Islamic extremists were being stopped from travelling to fight in Syria amid concerns that they will return home with deadly skills in weaponry and bomb-making.

These are few examples of the Western dual standards of politics. The present wave of Islamic extremism is the outcome of Jihadi era of 80’s and 90’s when western powers had a blind eye on the expansion of Jihadi and fundamentalist culture. Once it ruined Afghanistan and today its flames are rising high in Pakistan and Syria. But West itself is now exposed to these fanatics.

This wave of extremism is out of control in most of the Muslim countries but how the West will deal it that is now the issue on which the future of the West depends. Western countries once fought against the Christian fundamentalists and they were successful but today in this modern age of globalization the West is confronted with the menace of another type of extremism which they supported against Russia in Jihadi era.

In this part of the world where we are living we put the blame on religious schools imparting sectarian and fundamentalist education but what is the cause of extremism in the West? West will have to find the roots of this extremism in its policies? The people becoming extremists are bought up in their own secular, liberal and democratic societies. Instead of searching the causes in the East, the West must start groping its own societies.  How can Muslims take responsibility of the extremism of which they themselves are victims?

The west was eager to collect the fresh brains and cheap labour from the developing world. Muslims also immigrated to western countries in search of jobs. Now the immigrants including Muslims form a large part of the western societies. These societies are now heterogeneous in nature and it is always very difficult for the governments to run such societies smoothly.

The West must study the culture and politics of Turkey. Why the incidences occurring in the Western countries are not happening in Turkey? How Turkey has saved its heterogeneous society of this extremism? The answers will surely help the West to start learning how to live in heterogeneous society. No such incidence of religious fanaticism took place in Turkey in the recent decades.

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4 Comments

  1. After opening their borders to immigration a great many Western nationals expected to see obliging respect for relatively safe societies, day and night, within which free education healthcare and welfare is provided. That these are available whether or not the user is contributing to society makes matters worse when significant numbers of migrants vocalise support for extremists bombings, jihadists beheadings and lone wolf shootings of Western nationals at home and abroad.

    What is it that prevents such evil people leaving our nations?

    1. It sounds amazing that Western Nations expect to see obliged respect for safe societies. Have the western nations taught these lessons to the people of their colonies? Western nations only divided the lands on the basis of religion. India Pakistan, Bengal in 1905, East Timor, Balkans, etc etc. In Iraq there were no Shia Sunni differences before US Invasion. US withdrawal lead to ISIS rising. West supported Jihadis against USSR. Secondly if Terkey is not an example then kindly let us know the example whom we should follow.

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