Murderous extremists…will be brought to justice…

Pakistan.
What do I know about it? Not much to be honest. I know there is conflict. I know that according to the media, it’s a dangerous place right now. I know that it’s a Muslim state.
I know there are almost 2 billion Muslims in the world. I know this is important because it makes Islam the 2nd largest religion in the world after Christianity.
I know Tupac and Malcolm X were both Muslim. Common is Muslim.
Yet, I don’t know much about Muslims, or the religion known as “Islam”.
I once confused “Bitch Please” by Snoop Dog to say:
All I wanna be is a Jihad!
But he really says:
All I wanna be is G, ha!
For a minute I thought Snoop Dog went political on me.
But I was wrong. So very very wrong.
Jihad is off course, the word use to describe the state or cause of allowed warfare in Islam. Off course. Everyone knows this. Right?
Riiiight.
In short, this sort of explains the whole concept of religious wars.
In Islam doctrine, it seems, Jihad may be declared against unIslamic leaders and nonMuslim states who refuse to convert.
If there was a word used to describe how the Catholic church went bonkers in killing all the Indigenous people of the Americas who didn’t want to convert, it would be similar to Jihad. Thoughts of the Crusades and the Spanish Inquisition come to mind…
Anyways…so, in this world of confused faith, suicide bombers and religious wars, Benazir Bhutto was the first woman to be elected as Prime Minister of the Muslim state, Pakistan. TWICE! Once in 1988, she was only 35, and again in 1993. Both times, she was removed from office with charges of alleged corruption.

Yesterday, she was assassinated.
She was waving to supporters from her car when BANG BANG! She was shot in the neck and chest by a guy on a motorcycle. She died at the hospital.
The guy, off course, blew himself up and killed more than 20 people and injured that many more. Just two months ago, there was another assassination attempt with a suicide bomber at the airport, and that killed 130 people.
Bhutto belonged to the PPP, the Pakistan Peoples Party, a center-leftist, socialist party. Power to the people and all that jazz.
All of this is important for many reasons.
First and foremost, recognizing the importance of women leaders throughout the world puts our own American political viewpoints into play. If, what “we”, and I mean, we the American people, who so easily use Pakistaneans as the villains in all our movies, consider Pakistan to not only be one of the most dangerous parts of the world right now but also religiously backwards, can be so bold in electing, in their own democratic system, a female leader, what does that say about the US’s inability to see a women in the White House?
Second, what can the people of a country believe in when those that try to make progressive changes are killed right before their eyes? Should a people live in fear that change will never happen? What if we would have been too scared to continue the work of Martin Luther King Jr.?
Thirdly, how do world leaders react when someone like them, is taken down in public like that? President Bush said the whole thing was a “cowardly act by murderous extremists” and that the “criminals” responsible “must be brought to justice”.
Off course he would say that.
Im continuelsy amazed how words get tossed around. I know that the assasination was a terrible thing to happen. That’s obvious.
However, the growing tensions in our international community is more than just presidential soundbites. Who will we bring to justice?
Muslims in general? Or the crazies that have gone totally berzerked with their own dillisional thoughts of alleged faith?
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4 thoughts on “Murderous extremists…will be brought to justice…

  1. Hamster with no wheel says:

    Rememeber Mawri from where we used to work at the credit union. She was from Pakistan and went back to her country to be something in politics there and we were like woah casue this was like right after 9/11 wait or was she from Afgahnistan? Wait I think she was from Afganistan. Man I cant remember but when I saw the this news, I thought of her. This was sad, This woman, you could see the passion and love for her people in her eyes in all the pictures. It kinda brought tears to my eyes. And it was not enough to assasinate her but to blow up others as well. I never will understand that mentality….

  2. Hamster with no wheel says:

    Rememeber Mawri from where we used to work at the credit union. She was from Pakistan and went back to her country to be something in politics there and we were like woah casue this was like right after 9/11 wait or was she from Afgahnistan? Wait I think she was from Afganistan. Man I cant remember but when I saw the this news, I thought of her. This was sad, This woman, you could see the passion and love for her people in her eyes in all the pictures. It kinda brought tears to my eyes. And it was not enough to assasinate her but to blow up others as well. I never will understand that mentality….

  3. Hamster with no wheel says:

    BTW there is a word to describe what the Catholic Church did it is called…murder. It the same as Jihad, in my eyes. You should watch this prgram that came out last week called “In The Name Of God” about the major relegions in the world and interviews with thier leaders. Very Very moving and insightful. It was on CBS I believe but worth Goggling for sure!

  4. Hamster with no wheel says:

    BTW there is a word to describe what the Catholic Church did it is called…murder. It the same as Jihad, in my eyes. You should watch this prgram that came out last week called “In The Name Of God” about the major relegions in the world and interviews with thier leaders. Very Very moving and insightful. It was on CBS I believe but worth Goggling for sure!

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