Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Gods of War


Today's piece for the Daily Banter takes a look at the protest in Libya that killed an American ambassador and three other U.S. diplomats.

The excuse that angry, violent mobs used to attack our embassies in both Libya and Egypt? Somebody said something bad about Muhammad.

The gloves are off on this one.

Here's an excerpt:

"The Middle East/Northern Africa is one of the most bustling and thriving regions of the world — and it also happens to be one of the most culturally stunted, thanks in large part to a nearly absolute devotion to ancient superstition that’s been allowed to dictate, typically with a governmental mandate, every facet of the lives of those who live there. In many Middle Eastern countries, Islam is a meal that’s force-fed — and it’s a fact that’s held an otherwise vibrant point on the globe stuck in time while putting those outside its purview in the unenviable position of having to walk on eggshells and gush ridiculous platitudes in an effort to make sure the often barbaric beliefs that rule the lives of its people are never shown anything less than the utmost respect. Because if they aren’t, well, you get what we’re witnessing right now in Libya."

Read the Rest Here

11 comments:

Thomas B said...

Have always wondered - is there some kind of massive box-store-sized emporium - say, a Flags R Us - that specialises in selling American flags for Middle Eastern bonfires? And they don't seem to be the cheap cotton or plastic flags either - these flags seem to be pretty high-quality just-sewn-by-Betsy-Ross type flags. I'm aware they probably nicked the flag in your picture from the embassy ... but if you look at other pictures of them burning Yankee flags - happens all the time, really! - I've noticed they're pretty decently sized, bona-fide cloth American flags. There has to be a Flags R Us somewhere. We should find it ... and destroy it.

Anonymous said...

But you see, I've learned something today:

If you're gonna knock someone, or some group, you better get your facts straight first.

For instance, Islam didn't get it's start until about the 8th century....

Chez said...

And your point is? I never said it started at any particular time, if that's what you're trying to say.

bafreeman said...

First off Chez, I rarely defend my atheism. It's pointless with people who believe, and unnecessary with people who don't. But if/when I do, I'll bring a printout of this post.

Secondly, you did say that mohammed lived 1900 years ago. Which anonymous (of COURSE it was a cowardly anonymous poster) used to try and dismiss your whole argument. Because he's a fucking idiot. But he did do a good job of illustrating why I don't defend my atheism to believers.

Harvey Jerkwater said...

For what it's worth, this.

bafreeman said...

Thanks for that. It's worth a better night's sleep for me.

brite said...

When I first heard the reports on the attack on the embassy, on Swiss radio in French (my French is not so good), I missed that the supposed 'reason' for this violent action was about some film that slighted/ slammed Islam. My first reaction was 'This is what you get when you bomb the shit out of another country, people get pissed off.' My second reaction was 'This is what you get when the basis of your economy is making weapons of war and selling them to the current highest bidder.One day, those weapons will end up pointed back at you.'

Anonymous said...

You referred both to the '2nd century' and to '1900 years ago'.

What a fucking cop-out Chez - and you know it. Don't split semantic hairs with me - you'll only prove the point even more.

Chez said...

Uh-huh. Muhammad as a living, breathing person lived from 570 AD to 632 as best anyone can tell. Let me know when you're done, anonymous troll.

Anonymous said...

OK, I see you can use wikipedia. Now tell us all honestly that you didn't think the date was around 200AD when you posted those dates. Then I'll be done.

I was only asking that you cop to your error. But you obviously have too much ego to do that.

Chez said...

Actually, it was my math that was bad. My brain doesn't process numbers very well. I'm horrible at even simple calculations which is why I write instead of work in engineering. It's also why I can't balance my checkbook without a calculator (although I'm inexplicably great at timing a television broadcast, go figure). So yes, I'll cop to my error. Happy now?

The premise of the piece and its argument remains. All you're doing is, as you said, "splitting semantic hairs."