Don’t be intimidated!
Please don’t apologize!
On the row over “offensive” cartoons
The charade by Islamists over the publication of the
cartoons depicting the Mohammed (prophet) as a suicide bomber is being
taken too seriously by many. Apologies after apologies are being delivered
to Islamic governments and thugs. Any apology makes them more vicious and
more daring. The only weapon they have is hostage taking, bullying,
intimidating, killing, maiming, and offending any human values and any
We should not apologize to these reactionary forces
who have organized the most sophisticated machinery of oppression and
intimidation, who have organized and mobilized an army of terrorists world
wide, who have been terrorizing
the citizens of the Islamic ridden countries as well as citizens of the
world, who have the worst criminal record.
This is their weapon: resorting to terror while
appearing as victims. They kill, maim, stone to death people for wanting
their rights, for wanting freedom, for wanting a better life. They
humiliate women daily, deprive them of their rights, torture them for not
observing the rule of Islam, and when someone dares to tell the truth
about their atrocities, they become offended, they cry for their
“violated dignities”, they become “sacred”. This is nothing but
blackmail. Just the same way as they take innocent people hostage daily,
by crying for their “sacred” beliefs, they take our conscious hostage.
This is their method of survival.
The world without unconditional freedom of
_expression and criticism will be a very doll and scary world to live.
These values are result of long and hard fought battles. We have to
preserve the right to unconditional _expression and criticism. Nothing is
sacred for everyone. Thus everyone must have the right to criticize or
ridicule any “sacred” concept, object or belief. The only way we can
build a better and more humane world is to safeguard with all our power
these sacred values. Unconditional freedom of _expression and criticism is
the sacred value, we should maintain.
Islamists become offended and hysterical too often.
They should learn to be more tolerant, more respectful of libertarian
rights that have been won through long struggles by humanity and
progressive forces. We should teach them to respect freedom and civil
rights. We should teach them to respect women’s rights. We should teach
them not too readily resort to terror and intimidation. How? By standing
firm to their face, and say no apologies are due. If any, it is your turn
to apologize for all your crimes against humanity.
Chairperson for Organisation for Women’s
Producer and presenter of No to Political Islam an