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"Extreme Reactions to Abu Ghairab Torture?"

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Submitted by Ms.J Gotchet/Kuwait (Kuwait), Jan 24, 2005 at 15:28

One analyst predicted the rape pictures in Abu Gharaib would cause a "nuclear explosion" if seen in the Islamic Countries. Such "extreme reactions" raise the delicate topic of sex in Muslim-Western relations.

Let me add that using such inflaming metaphors such as "explosions and extreme" when referring to any Middle Eastern or Islamic topic is precisely the reaction we do not need in this very volatile period.

Let me ask a hypothetical question (as we know this would never happen in reality) with the proverbial "never judge a man until you've walked in his mocassins" to put this in perspective.

How would the American/Western/Christian/Judeo culture react, if the Iraqis, on the premise of liberating America, were caught red handed with glossy pics/and or videos of "Iraqi" soldiers torturing, raping, or humiliating "American" soldiers in pyramid piles while snapping pics with amusement on their faces, and a Female Iraqi woman also viewing and laughing at the boyfriend who was in charge of this torture session?

I dare say with equal shock, and outrage bordering on "extreme reactions". Then of course the Media would portray the typical Muslim/Arab uncivilized behaviour as a perfect example of their barbaric behaviour, and replay it daily with eeerie music a la Hollywood. Next would be the street protestations in all major cities.

Let us not fall for this trap. Not ONE human being on this entire Planet would equate this incident with "humane behaviour" that is acceptable and then chalk it up to the extreme sensitivity of the Christians and the Puritan mentality of those Westerners!

Furthurmore, the word "fitnah" is translated "trials and tribulations" and does not translate "woman" as "trials" can constitute any temptation, including relations with women out of marriage and not excluding the "trials" of drinking, eating too much, gambling, crime by wrong associations, and any other activity that keeps us off a moral path.

Let us for the sake of clarity and peace, exclude such words as "extreme sensitivity" when referring to a normal human reaction to a crime such as the Abu Gharaib torture of prisoners.



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