Thursday, April 3, 2008

Some never learn

A lot has been said and done about the release of 'Fitna' in the recent days. I was flipping through the newspapers today when a particular article caught by attention.

The headline read 'Dutch embassy in Indonesia attacked'.

Now, lets not jump to hasty conclusions here. I don't condone the movie, neither do I support its viewpoints. That's not the point.

First, let's follow this simple thought process.

  • Movie that equates Islam with violence is released.
  • Muslims get angry, because its a mockery of what they believe in.
  • Therefore, we conclude that Muslims should be peaceful, since they are protesting against violence.
  • Indonesian students in Indonesia (duh) angry too, because they're students, and students are naturally more emo.
  • They rally, burn flags and tires and tear down the gates over at the Dutch embassy.
  • Proved their point that Islam does not equate to violence.

What? Of course it's a peaceful demonstration where we wave around posters connoting that Geert Wilders (the producer of the film) should be shot!

It's not the nicest thing to do, is it? Burning the flags of other countries and all that.

Honestly, some people never learn. By inciting more violence with your rallies and passionate speeches, your shooting yourself in the foot. At the very least, I'm sure Geert Wilders would have expected protests denouncing his film, maybe even a few people being bashed up along the way. You're not denouncing the film through those actions, you're proving him right. Actions speak louder than words, after all.

I sound a little angry here. Alright, put it this way.

Extremism = bad

Instead of wasting precious time and energy being angry at the Dutch for something that ONE person did, shouldn't Muslims unite to instead curb extremism within their own ranks? After all, at the very root of the problem, its the extremists who are giving Muslims around the world a bad name.

Just my two cents, but have your say as well;

It's good for the brain.


Khairul Syahir said...

I invite you, my friend, to view the response I posted for this issue.

Jonathan Mah said...

thanks khairul!
always nice to get views from others.