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To Mohammed F

Reader comment on item: Cartoons and Islamic Imperialism
in response to reader comment: To Hifzha

Submitted by Jeff (United States), Jun 5, 2006 at 22:14

Mohammed F, You sound very unhappy living in the USA. And who could blame you, surrounded by all those close-minded, intolerant people? Am I safe in assuming that you have already, or soon will, move to a superior, more tolerant culture? How about Saudi Arabia? The Saudis are well known for their tolerance of other cultures. And you won't be bothered by the profit-oriented media, as the press is government controlled. As long as you're not a girl with the audacity to try to escape a burning building without your head covered, as long as your a Sunni Muslim, as long as you profess hatred for anyone different, as long as you're exactly like everyone else, you'll be tolerated, not to worry. And the Saudis are well traveled and therefore exposed to other cultures. They're intimately aquainted with the gambling casinos of Europe and the sex slave markets of Turkey and Iran. And, they're rugged outdoorsmen, having spent so much time in the wildlife protection areas of Pakistan, where they've hunted houbara bustard birds to near extinction (what's so special about those houbara bustard birds?).

Or how about Iran? Another bastion of tolerance. No problem about a profit-oriented press there. The office of any newspaper left that dares disagree with the government meets the Iranian version of the SS. And they know what to do with snooping, profit-oriented reporters like Canadian citizen Zahra Kazemi. I think she lasted about a week in an Iranian prison before she died of tolerance. Another plus, no annoying Beethoven, Brahms, or Vivaldi. That noise pollution is strictly forbidden. So leave your CD's back here, unless you want to tolerate an Iranian prison. You could display your open-mindedness and tolerant nature by murdering Salman Rushdie before you arrive there; that would make you very popular, and probably assure you a prestigious government position.

Egypt, Syria and Pakistan are more places where you'd be safe from that awful freedom of speech, with all its messiness, all its ongoing noise made by close-minded, intolerant folks, who can publicly voice their opinions and criticize their government without fear of imprisonment and murder (and, despite their intolerance, don't seem to mind living in a culture where others are free to express opposing opinions). So if you haven't left yet, what are you waiting for? The good life is just a plane ride away.


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