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|December 3, 2001||
Bechare, battered and besieged
Going through the articles missed while abroad, I found this nugget by that high priest of liberals, Mushirul Hasan, in The Indian Express: "For Gandhi, non-violence consisted in refraining from exercising the power to hit back and was a virtue of the brave... He would have, therefore, appealed to the American people to eschew the path of retribution. What good does it serve to target people of Middle Eastern and South Asian descent under pressure to track down suspects in the terrorist attack?"
This had provoked a sharp response (CC'ed to me) from Bhalchandrarao Patwardhan, which I reproduce here, knowing that newspapers which campaign for reinstating without revision in kiddy textbooks the pinko idea that the Hindu pantheon is mere mythology, can't possibly have the mettle to disseminate modern, documented history:
"If Gandhi was indeed alive today, he would surely have advocated non-violence and restraint to the US... just as he had advised the British in a letter he wrote in 1940 during World War II to 'Invite Herr Hitler and Signor Mussolini to take what they want of the countries you call your possessions. Let them take possession of your beautiful island with your many beautiful buildings. You will give all these but not your souls or your mind' Or, like he had offered similar advice to Hindu and Sikh victims of the bloodbath of the Partition in 1947, he might have simply asked President Bush and all Americans to pray. In his own words (September 1947), 'I asked them why they all came here. Why did they not die there?... Even if our men are killed, why should we feel angry with anybody, you should realize that even if they are killed, they have had a good and proper end... It is true they were murdered but then some others die of cholera or due to other causes'."
Hehehe, couldn't have made the point better myself. Imagine a Britain where Herr Hitler had taken over -- Harrods converted into Dachau and more Jews snuffed out. As for pressurising Hindus and Sikhs to blissfully submit to the sword of Islam, it's enough for me to be grateful to Nathuram Godse.
Such is the ideal that other countries expect India to follow, even as they eschew everything remotely like it. And very correctly, too! For nations aren't sustained by succumbing to evil like Adolf Hitler and Osama bin Laden. So, to answer those asking why I've become "a cheerleader for America," here goes:
Back to pathetic pleas. In his response, Mr Rao ignored that which strips the "liberal" cover off Mushirul Hasan. To wit: "The US administration has drawn up a list of 'rogue states,' but does that include Israel? If not, why not? 'Barq girti hai to bechare Mussalmanon par' (Lightning strikes, always, the beleaguered Muslims)."
Don't blame me if I see the hallmarks of the closet khilafat-supporter in such outpourings. And this closet variety, I loathe and will further exemplify:
The November 16 issue of The Milli Gazette, the preferred journal of the Islamist gentleman, informs us that Mushirul Hasan, speaking at an international seminar on terrorism in New Delhi, asserted that "it is totally wrong to say that madrasas in India are producing terrorists... Citing the example of Darul Uloom, Deoband, he said that this institution has always provided nationalist ideologies. About Nadwatul Ulama, Lucknow, he said that whenever there was any case of Islamic terrorism, parents and students of this madrassa were disturbed and worried and members of Sangh Parivar used to make a beeline for this institution. He said that RSS is indulging in propaganda that madrasas in India are functioning on the lines of those in Pakistan."
Apparently, Hasan's been in non-reading mode all through the 90s, when it was noticed that the burgeoning of madarsas coincided with the rise of Islamic fundamentalism in India. I'll give just a few excerpts from newspapers which apparently are instruments for RSS propaganda:
Darul Uloom Deoband provides "nationalist ideologies"? As in the talib's glee at the destruction of the Bamian Buddhas? As in upholding the fatwa declaring India a Darul Harb - a "country of war" to be conquered by Islam...? Such, then, is our liberal, non-religious intelligentsia of Muslim origin.
No matter what the evidence, all the problems, even the thirst to blow up people, are due to the flaws in non-Muslims. For Hasan, it's the Sangh Parivar. Just as for Hamid Gul -- and three-quarters of the Islamic world -- the 9-11 attacks were effected by either Zionist air traffic controllers who guided the aircrafts into the WTC towers, or the hijackers who were Arab traitors brainwashed by Mossad. As one of our mostly-moderates wrote to ToI: "Mossad, Israeli intelligence has very carefully executed this operation to discredit its enemies on a global level but in the process it made a very crucial mistake. They did everything too perfectly!"
The Islamist sees the entire non-Muslim world, and not just Israel, as the archenemy. He seeks an Islamic revival through which the infidel must be vanquished. He wraps himself in global grievances to cloak his khilafat objectives. His aim is not merely to destroy Israel or America - it is to create a fundamentalist Islamic state across the world. His is a jihad to liberate the world from kaffirs. Like Marxism, this Islamic fantasy aims to impose its vision on others and call it "peace." It is the war against this factor that I'm rooting for whole-heartedly: Rah, rah, RAH!
Will Al Qaeda be placated if -- instead of bombing Afghanistan -- the US forced Israel to withdraw all Jewish settlers from Palestinian territories? The problem with that scenario is, delusions don't disappear with appeasement, for they're crucial to the militant's cause: Fanatics *need* to feel victimised. And it's in the interest of those who seek influence to further fuel such "hurt sentiments" - witness the decades-old modus operandi of the Congress and the Leftists. What did Israel have to do with the jihad against Christians in Nigeria? What does Israel have to do with the jihad in western China, the CARs, Turkey, the Balkans and the Philippines...? Or in Kashmir...?
Haan ji haan, barq girti hai to sirf bechare Mussalmanon par. Like hell it does.
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