Tuesday, 16 December 2008

The Pen is Mightier than the Shoe?

I am going to make a bold statement against the way in which a Baghdadi journalist threw a shoe towards President George Bush in Iraq the other day. Let us be clear that support of this incident cannot be warranted by our opposition to the atrocities against the Iraqi people. But is this the way a God fearing individual should act towards anyone? For me, faith should push us towards respect in our 'loves' and our 'hates'? If not, then we are left asking that age old question, who are the barbaric and the barbarians? 'Be the change you want to see in the world', said Ghandi.

Do we really want to see that change in the act of throwing a shoe towards an elected (agree or disagree but he is elected) head of state? If the Prophet Muhammad was alive today would he act in this way? I recall the numerous times that he wrote to heads of states and every time he would address them using their official titles. For those who argue that this has shown Bush, or 'the west', as some commentators have argued, the 'Iraqi peoples or Muslim' resentment to the war through the action of throwing a shoe then this has dangerous analogous implications in our condemnation of terrorist acts which are legitimised by some as a way of highlighting their resentment but at a more fatal level. We must all embody that 'change' and progress for the betterment of our society.

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