Saturday, February 14, 2009

Against Taliban Atrocities

According to Terry Glavin, a stalwart activist in the Canada-Afghanistan Solidarity Committee, a rally will take place on Sunday, February 15 at the Ontario Legislature, Queen’s Park, 1-3 p.m.:

From public beheadings of teachers to the torching of girls’ schools, the Taliban’s grotesque human rights violations betray an ideology of fascism and the most brutal kind of misogyny. As the mounting Pashtun outrage about events in Northwest Pakistan makes painfully clear, Canadians must urgently confront the commonplace and bigoted misconception in this country that the Taliban are somehow a legitimate expression of Pashtun or Afghan culture or politics. "

There is very little media attention given to these atrocities which are real, unprovoked, deliberate, unregretted. On my previous blog post, which was supposed to introduce some levity, Terry left an angry comment:

"All that mob incitement and placard waving from one end of the world to the other just lately, but nary a peep about hundreds of thousands of Muslims driven from their lands, hundreds beheaded, schools destroyed by the score, here:"

I can understand why he is so concerned about the millions of Pashtun whose horrific fate in the far-flung regions of Afghanistan seems to evoke so little interest, let alone sympathy.

It is a problem, to agitate a people such as average Canadians who are only comfortable
in acting enraged when it is Israel, engaged in lawful self-defense, alleged to commit its "atrocities". It is mighty difficult to engage people's attention when it's the Taliban in Afghanistan committing very real atrocities and on a scale of brutality and order unimaginable to ordinary folks. The reasons for this are obvious: protesting against the Taliban goes against a certain Canadian impulse, recently nurtured to monstrous proportions in my opinion, to object to any cause which may be seen as helpful to American interests. Another reason is the inexorable desire to bring Canadian troops home. As long as the public remains blissfully unaware of the brutality and hopeless irrationality and implacability of the Taliban, they can pretend that the problem can be solved diplomatically. Knowing about mass beheadings, hundreds of schools destroyed and girls being systematically doused with acid is an inconvenient truth which highlights the futility of this professed belief in "diplomacy.

I cannot be at the rally, as I live in Montreal, but I will be there in spirit. I think it is wrong to behead people, destroy schools for religious reasons, and disfigure little girls only because they want to learn how to read and write and add and subtract and do what other little girls all over the world do.


I have just come across this comment on TNR's The Spine blog which seems pertinent to this post:

Miletus said:

As a Turkish American who has lived in three continents I urge America to not give up on treating the question of woman's rights and children's rights of those living in Islamic countries as an Human Rights Issue first and foremost. Woman living under sharia law are not considered an individual with equal civil rights, this is contrary to UN resolution of human rights. I believe Americans have a very hard time understanding what it is to be living under an islamic theocracy. For instance what is to be a child in Sudan: obligated to attend Kuran courses and to be beaten daily; or to be a girl in Pakistan: to be punished for being raped; to be a woman in Syria or Saudi Arabia :not to have legal rights to divorce, needing permission from a male member of the family for any l activities or choices, to be stoned to death under the suspicion of adultery. All in the name of some supernatural belief system that is imposed upon the population from birth is a tyranny, and an enslavement. I believe this is a moral and ethical issue that should not be ignored. To abuse those who are in a "weaker" position in any society in the name of a religion is unethical! We mobilize our resources to inform and bring about awareness to many injustices in the world and save abused elephants and tigers and whales in distant shores? I believe it is very much our "business" to inform the world and save abused in the name of Islam . Where does it say in any holly book that it is ethical to throw acid on young who want to go to school!


At 1:06 PM EST, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Canadians would rather appease Hitler than face the music. Much easier to hide under Lady Liberty to the South's skirts and join the chorus of criticism from Europe, than to stand up and face the criticism as well as the cost and interuption to their peaceful little lives.

What happened to the West? We got our asses kicked in the South, but we arent and never will be cowards afraid to stand up to tyrants or stand up and be counted for liberty and freedom.

At 3:51 PM EST, Blogger Terry Glavin said...

NWO: You need to take your meds.

Noga: Loved your beer and sausages post, and my comment wasn't angry so much as astonished by certain contrasts. Had half a mind to offer a modest proposal that among the 200,000 girls who've lost their studies to Taliban depredations recently there could be a small committee struck with a charter that cites the Protocols of Zion and a purpose that pledges the destruction of Israel, so that the streets of cities from Athens to Kuala Lumpur would be filled with demonstrators marching in their support.

At 1:29 AM EST, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wish it was all in my head, Terry, then a pill could make it all go away.


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