Om bamser og retsprincipper
Lenin fra Lenin's Tomb er træt af at høre om den engelske lærer og sudanesiske bamse, og det kan man jo godt forstå.
Lenin skriver bl.a.
This unfortunate woman gets banged up for fifteen days and suddenly the scum British press thinks that's too long to be locked up on a bullshit charge, forgetting that they want people to be locked up for as much as ninety days on no charge. Usually when someone gets unfairly locked up in this country, the press are the ones demanding the restoration of the death penalty - asphyxiation on the end of a rope being their recommended procedure. Now they're all bleeding heart, card-carrying humanitarians. Not only the death penalty but prison has lost its charm for them. Sour grapes if you ask me.Og det er i hvert fald også påfaldende, at de "usual suspects", som i den sudanesiske dom ser endnu et bevis på alle islams fortrædeligheder, har det aldeles fint i maven med alle de uskyldige, der dag for dag pines på Guantanamo - det er jo i en højere sags tjeneste, dvs. det er led i "kampen mod terror" (eller var det "for"?)
En kommentator på 'Aqoul opsummerer:
1. A "Westerner" does something that may serve as an "incidident".Det var jo så en 7(a) i det her tilfælde.
2. The "Oriental" government or a public figure uses this incident and reacts strongly because it is irked by something else and the incident, although completely unrelated to the "something else", comes at a very opportune moment.
3. The incident is blown out of proportion by the local media.
4. The Western media manages to do the unthinkable - blowing the whole issue out the already humongous proportions accomplished by the local media.
5. Western politicians address the issue, not because they give a s*** but because it works well with some domestic cause or another.
6. The "Oriental" government, facing all this publicity, feels it now cannot back down lest it looses face. Pro-government demonstrations are being taken place.
The issue will end in one of two ways:
7(a) If the "oriental" country is weak: Much time, ink, argumentation and counter-argumentation later ... the issue is ended by a very simple compromise. The "offender" is released and the whole thing soon forgotten.
7(b) If the "oriental" country is strong: The "offender" is prosecuted, sentenced, and the sentence carried out. Months or years later s/he is quietly expelled from the country.
Men den sudanesiske regering - den er vel så gået styrket ud af det, nu alle de andre arabere kan se, hvor fromme de er?
Æhem - don't think so.
Buj Al Arab sætter dem effektivt på plads med et enkelt citat af den syriske digter Nizar Qabbani: "Will you allow me to teach my daughter that doing her homework and paying attention to her education is more important than learning verse after verse from the Holy Koran without understanding its meanings?"