Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Democracy and public violence


For those who think the flag-burning, rioting, etc. over the Danish cartoons is purely an over-reaction by militant Islam... might be interested to note the highly reasonable and calm behaviour displayed by relatives waiting for news about the Egyptian ferry disaster:

Angry Egyptians seeking news of relatives lost aboard the ferry that sank in the Red Sea last week ransacked its owners' offices yesterday, setting fire to the furniture. A crowd hurled chairs, filing cabinets and air-conditioning units out of the first floor office in Safaga before piling them up and setting them alight...The crowd in Safaga, desperate for information about survivors, exceeded 1,000 at the weekend, scuffling with police and stoning officials... In Hurghada, another group of relatives tried to force their way into a hospital but were stopped by police

Rather than say, erm, queuing. The common denominator appears to be that in countries with a certain amount of violence and unrest, public violence becomes normalised as appropriate and everyday behaviour. This theory explains why there have been deaths in Afghanistan but less so elsewhere (if you look up Bahrain on the BBC website you'll find only one reference to violence in the first 3 pages of results). Violence and unrest has various political, social and economic causes - it is not just a function of religion.

Am I right?

3 Comments:

  • At 9:32 pm , Anonymous Raw Carrot said...

    Violence and unrest has various political, social and economic causes - it is not just a function of religion.

    Sure... but don't forget that religion is a far more important part of the social and cultural "furniture" in some countries and sections of the population.

    Personally I'm not at all surprised we saw some crazy Muslims burn flags etc. etc. in London the other day. I'm just amazed/disgusted the police didn't arrest any of them... Nor was I surprised by the riot-like behaviour of the Egyptian masses... Is that because I think Muslims are inherently more violent than other people? No. But they do tend to think Allah is always on their side and act accordingly...

     
  • At 6:32 am , Blogger Femme de Resistance said...

    The Guardian is saying that in the countries with the most violence, it was being initiated for political reasons by the government...

    All religions believe God, Allah, whoever is on their side!

    The question is why devoutly Christian/Buddhist, etc. countries and some Muslim countries haven't erupted into violence over these cartoons. Whereas others have. This is due to political, social, military, etc. issues. There's no question that these issues might generate extremist religious belief but it's not the belief itself that's causing the problem.

     
  • At 9:10 am , Blogger aneez said...

    being a muslim myself, i'm deeply hurt by the way our prophet are portrayed in the cartoon, every muslim is....there is line between freedom of speech and freedom to insult....
    it is so sad to see violent retaliations from muslims in some part of the world as they would only confirm the preconceived judgement that equates islam to violence.....which is a total bollock since islam is a religion that highly promote peace....
    dear femme de resistance,
    thank you for being reasonable regarding this matter,for being able to differentiate the essence of the religion from the act of some its followers.....

     

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