Hate film: No self-affliction
The US diplomatic corps is busy in damage control exercise, offering explanations that are hardly acceptable to the Muslims whose sentiments have deliberately been injured not once but repeatedly on numerous occasions and those who indulged in such nefarious activities are enjoying refuge as in safe havens in the name of civil liberties and freedoms. In a statement issued on Thursday, Acting US Ambassador Richard Hoagland pointed out that act of one individual does not reflect values of a nation of 300 million. Right, but how an individual can be allowed to play with the sentiments of over 1.3 billion Muslims. If one or some individuals violate your own values and trample values of others then why not to restrain them. It is because of the lavish indulgence demonstrated by the West in cases like blasphemous book by Salman Rushdie, publication of dirty cartoons and burning of the Holy Qur’an by a damned priest that more and more people are picking up courage to come out with hate material. It is better that the United States and other Western countries should discard the tendency of taking refuge behind so-called freedoms and take actions against perpetrators of such heinous crimes. It is also ironically true that the United States is invading other countries citing activities of non-State actors but is not willing to rein in extremists and terrorists in its own folds. Anyhow, as protest demonstrations are taking place in Pakistan as well like other parts of the Muslim world, we would urge people not to let these protests turn violent. This is because there is no point in damaging our own assets or properties of other people. By resorting to self-affliction, we will be doing the job of the enemy who wants to weaken us through different tactics.