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Deja vu..........How many times have we been through this?

Reader comment on item: Amazon.com's Koran Desecration Problem

Submitted by Zeph Steele (India), May 31, 2005 at 13:59

How many times have we seen the same stage managed show take place?

The plot remains the same with only the characters and locations changing.

An unsuspecting Muslim buys or is gifted(by another devout faithful, of course) a copy of the Quran, a religious artifact,or any other article connected with the Islamic faith, all conscientiously purchased from a reputed businesses( run invariably by the infidels)

The hero of our story is horrified to find that the article has been desecrated ( oh ! how despicable!) by some unknown, untraceable and undetectable infidel, and invariably it happens to be racist propaganda or an exhortation calling for the extermination of Muslims ( how else do you get the world to sit up and take notice?)

The matter is taken up before the supplier, retailer,business house, or whoever has been fortunate enough to be picked and prominent Islamist organizations rush forward to defend the faith and avenge the insult.

The Islamic World rises up once again in unison to decry the act of the infidel in desecrating the "Word of God". There are demonstrations against western interests, the customary flag burning and the Friday sermon against the 'Satan' followed by an "impromptu" demonstration to display the "seething rage". The Islamic street bursts in anger, there is the regular arson, shooting and the odd man killed.The Islamic nation has been wronged and will not rest until placated.

In the ensuing melee, the truth value of the act of desecration/insult is never verified and the allegation is accepted without any questions asked.

The "beleaguered" leaders of Islamic nations, invariably all allied in the fight against terror, call upon their counterparts to take exemplary action to once again demonstrate their credentials as friends of Islam. There is the familiar condemnation by people holding high office in the offending country and an assurance that their countries would remain "till the kingdom coneth" a true friend of Islam.


The business now eager to save its face ( how could any business sustain itself having offended the worlds most populous minority), succumbs and rewards the victim and the backers with contributions to their 'noble cause'(no matter that the same espoused cause calls for the destruction of entire populations of 'non-believers', just because they happen to be so).

The business is relieved, having saved its face from a potential PR fiasco. The champions of the faith are rewarded for their sted-fastedness and the alleged victim relishes his/her moment in the limelight. The faithful across the globe can breathe again. Their faith has once again triumphed over the infidel ! The victory however small is just a taste of things to come. And the media, having found something to hog its prime time is again on the look out for prime time material to show to the world how politically correct we all are....

Deja vu, anyone?
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