The colour of human blood is red irrespective of race, religion and nationality. What will the outcome of religious fanatism be? It is often claimed that only talibans are extremists. Yeah talibans are extremists there is no doubt about that. Recently a small group of Sikh community living in the Aurakzai tribal region in Pakistan were attacked by talibans. They demanded Rs. 50 millions as “Jiziya” a tax levied on non muslims under Sharia. 11 homes of the Sikh community were demolished by the Islamic religious fundamentalists. The media is doing the right thing of highlighting the threats the religious minorities face under the fanatics. The only thing that consoles the world is that the moderate muslim community of Pakistan opposes Taliban’s extreme form of Islamic interpretation. There were protests in Pakistani streets against the flogging of a 16 year old girl, who was blamed of talking to a non-relative male on the street. Well the media and the elites around the world fail and refuse to criticize the Taliban-like religious fanatic behaviour of yet another theocracy.
24,145 houses of one particular religious group have been demolished by a Taliban-like government since the illegal occupation in 1967. The religious minorities and women cannot have the basic human rights under talibans rule. One particular group, living under this Taliban-like government is denied basic human rights and dignity. The media and the elites refuse to speak against this Taliban-like regime. Well, this regime is not headed by a Hitler-like dictator, it is the only democracy in that region. There is certainly a commanality between the Nazis and this democratic Taliban-like regime. Both believe in weapons and might ,rather than justice and rationality. Infact their grand parents were the ones targeted by the Nazis and now this particular voiceless group, who was not at all involved in any way to the then Nazis, is being targeted in the same way the Nazis targeted their grand parents. What else could that Taliban-like, religious fanatic, neo nazi country be ?
The United Nations office for the coordination of Humanitarian affairs report published on may 2008 says that at least 60,000 out of 225,000 Palestinians in East Jerusalem are at risk of having their homes demolished by the Israeli authorities. Approximately 1,500 demolition orders have been issued in East Jerusalem, which if implemented, would displace about 9,000 people.
This picture here was published in the Haaretz newspaper in april 2009. (http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1072466.html)
It revealed that Israeli soldiers were designing, buying and wearing T-shirts such as the following : A sharpshooter’ s T-shirt shows a pregnant Palestinian woman with a bull’s-eye superimposed on her belly, with the slogan, “1 shot, 2 kills.”
A T-shirt for infantry snipers bears the inscription “Better use Durex,” next to a picture of a dead Palestinian baby, with his weeping mother and a teddy bear beside him.
The Lavi battalion produced a shirt featuring the drawing of a soldier next to a young woman with bruises, and the slogan, “Bet you got raped!”
The same newspaper has quoted an Israeli sociologist Dr. Orna Sasson-Levy saying the following
“This revolting phenomenon is part of a radicalization process the entire country is undergoing… There is a perception that the Palestinian is not a person but a human being entitled to basic rights, and therefore anything may be done to him”
The commnality between the Talibans and Zionists is religious fanatism. Jeff Halper, a Professor of Anthropology and a political activist who fights against the Israel’s apartheid policy in a non-violent Gandhiyan way says the following.
“France for the French and Mexico for Mexicans aren’t the same as Israel for the Jews. France like most countries have Christians, Jews, Muslims, whatever. Israel affords itself only to Jews – an untenable system doomed to fail.”
There is commanality between the Hindu fanatic groups and Zionists too.
Suguna Ramanathan, Retired Dean English Dept, St. Xavier’s College, Ahmedabad said the following about the Gujarath incident.
“A Hindu activist on one of those mad nights was carrying a four-year old Muslim child to safety in his arms. Stopped and interrogated, he replied that this was a Hindu child. They let him go. As he walked forward the child looked back over his shoulder and cried out ‘Abba’. They tore the child from his arms and hacked it to death. No hearsay – this was told by that traumatized activist; it actually happened. If our imaginations serve us, we will not forget that child in the arms of the Hindu activist crying out for its parents in the last few moments of life”
The colour of blood is red, the outcome of theocracy is that the streets will also be painted red as the blood will be flowing outside. What are we going to achieve in a religious state that cannot be achieved in a secular state? Will the West realize that it has always been backing a worst form of Taliban-like regime in Israel and fighting against a similar kind of theocratic group in Afghanistan?
On top of it we will see the hypocrites (elites, media and states) who will support one kind of religious fanatic group and blame the other. Though several spiritual philosophers have done good to the society, the religious fanatics throughout the history and even in this era have done and are doing more damage to the society than the claims. Taliban’s acid attack on a teenage girl has done more damage to Islam than any other cartoon can ever do.
Written by Ram Prasad
Ram Prasad is a human rights activist working towards peace and to create global awareness on gender based violence. He writes on Asian and Middle east politics.