Sunday, July 01, 2007

Muslims "Very Angry", Fear Backlash Part 4621

As ever, the BBC are foremost with the least predictable stories :

Mohammad Sarwar told BBC Scotland that he had received calls from people who had been threatened or targeted by abusive graffiti.

"I have spoken to a number of people from the Muslim community and the Asian community who feel very angry," he said.

"They're concerned about a backlash and that's why the emergency meeting has been called."

I feel we (and the BBC) need to keep a sense of proportion here. When Islamic terrorists killed 52 people on London trains and buses, what was the backlash ?

Someone said something nasty on a bus to a mate of Yasmin Alibhai Brownes, or was that after 9/11 ? A school dinner lady made an inappropriate remark to a Muslim child. An Afghan taxi-driver was badly beaten up in Kingston on Thames (I don't know if its ever been established if 7/7 was the motive). And an idiot in Edinburgh tried and failed to set alight to a mosque.

Perhaps before we beat ourselves up we should consider the deaths of 50-odd people killed by Islamic 'militants' on a train at Godhra, India in 2002, and the "backlash" of the non-Muslim population of Gujarat to that atrocity.

Kinda puts graffiti, even unpleaasant graffiti, into perspective. There are by the way, according to the BBC, some 500,000 Gujaratis living in the UK.


Anonymous said...

There is a mental condition where people who lash out in violence then retreat into victimhood when cornered....I can't recall if this is passive-aggressive behaviour or ASPD - or whether Pasive-Aggressive Personality Disorder coexists with Anti-Social Personality Disorder.

I do think that Islam causes a great deal of mental illness and schizophrenia with its rules-based rigidities freeing its victims from an obligation to think for themselves because of its core structure of control through Fear and Group is more like a cult akin to Scientology or Moonism than anything developing an individual conscience

Anonymous said...

erm... is it Islam that causes a great deal of mental illness? or people with a great deal of mental illness who become Islamic?

Anonymous said...

There is a Mark Steyn quote that goes something like this:

'Muslims express outrage at the Islamaphobic response to tomorrows train bombing'.

Anonymous said...

It's Tim Blair (or a commentator) and it actually goes

"Muslim Community Leaders Warn of Backlash from Tomorrow Morning's Terrorist Attack."

Anonymous said...

One of the greatest spoof headlines ever, it sums it up perfectly

Anonymous said...

A religion can't alter your brain state, but your genetic heritage certainly can.