Issues

Good versus Bad: Western Game of Terms

l When someone speaks against Jews, it is anti-Semitism worthy of strongest condemnation

l When someone speaks against blacks, it is racism, again worthy of strongest condemnation

l When someone speaks against Holocaust, it is not just anti-Semitism but he/she has to be immediately booked; when a Muslim President challenges the facts about Holocaust, he is labelled as the biggest hater of all times

l When someone speaks against alcohol and sexual misdemeanour, including promiscuity, prostitution and homosexuality, it is retrogression and attack on “Freedom” (even if these freedoms kill tens of millions every year); such enemies of freedom need to be socially boycotted and hunted like criminals

l When some Muslims speak against Western violence (and describe the facts about killing of millions in Muslim lands by Western forces), it is hate speech, religious propaganda and victimhood narrative

l When someone kills people loyal to Assad or Ghaddafi, he is a freedom fighter

l When Western or Israeli armies kill millions of innocent Muslims, it is collateral damage

l When some Muslim kills a Westerner or attacks a Western target, it is terrorism

l When some Muslims fight against Russia, they are “Mujahedeen” (people involved in good jihad)

l When some Muslims fight against West or West-backed rulers, they are “Jihadis” (people involved in bad jihad)

Dr Javed Jamil

doctorforu123@yahoo.com

 

II

Freedom of speech and expression is a vaunted Western value associated with their idea of democracy.

They are ready to kill in millions (Afghanistan, Iraq, Palestine) in their misguided defence of these values. When Vietnam and Kampuchea were napalm-bombed, or when Iraqi cities were destroyed by American warplanes, victims often said, displaying a dark sense of humour that they were taught lesson in democracy.

A part of the non-West too has contracted this infection.

In parts of the world freedom of expression has come to mean the right to abuse, malign and slander anyone, including the prophets of God, and God Himself. Except, the Holocaust, of course.

We know that the right to freedom of expression is recognised as a human right under article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and recognised in international human rights law under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR). Article 19 of the ICCPR states, “Everyone shall have the right to hold opinions without interference” and “everyone shall have the right to freedom of expression...”

Article 19 goes on to say that the exercise of these rights carries “special duties and responsibilities” and may “therefore be subject to certain restrictions” when necessary “for respect of the rights or reputation of others” or “for the protection of national security or of public order, or of public health or morals”. People out to insult the Prophet (pbuh) must realise that the freedom of expression does not include slandering others. It is no less important to remember than the other injunction that the Holocaust cannot be caricatured.

M. Burhanuddin Qasmi

Editor, Eastern Crescent, Mumbai

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-28 February 2015 on page no. 2

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