The roots of insanity
[Dawn] WHILE the dastardly attempt to kill Malala has pricked the conscience of humankind it has also revealed the nature and extent of the cankerous growth within Pakistain's body politic that is smothering reason.
Those taking exception to sympathy for and solidarity with the courageous girl from Swat
...a valley and an administrative district in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province of Pakistain, located 99 mi from Islamabad. It is inhabited mostly by Pashto speakers. The place has gone steadily downhill since the days when Babe Ruth was the Sultan of Swat...
have confirmed that in their bid to capture power in Pakistain they are going to respect neither the people's humanistic instincts nor the spirit of their faiths.
Attempts are being made to prevent the people from identifying the malignancy of which the attack on Malala is merely the latest manifestation. The kind of mental acrobatics being performed by normal-looking gentlemen is a measure of the corruption of the mind that the lust for power can breed.
Short of denying that Malala has been attacked at all or brazen-facedly proclaiming their hatred for womenfolk the high priests of reactionary thought are doing everything they can to confuse the people about a matter of life and death not only for Malala but for the entire next generation, if not for the entire population of this country. And their hangers-on in the media are bent upon abusing the public space for truthful debate and expropriating it for playing foul with reckless abandon.
References are being made to the casualties in drone attacks and other victims of the ongoing conflict in parts of Pakistain. This from a band of people who do not accept the inviolability of all Pak citizens' dignity of person.
They want their audience to ignore the distinction between loss of life in conflict or as a result of accident/disaster and in deliberate, assassination. The allegation that the members of civil society now demonstrating solidarity with Malala and her brave parents have never protested against civilian casualties in drone attacks or against the rendition of Pak citizens to the US/NATO
...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Originally it was a mutual defense pact directed against an expansionist Soviet Union. In later years it evolved into a mechanism for picking the American pocket while criticizing the cut of the American pants...
forces is a figment of sick minds.
The born-yesterday chroniclers of our history have forgotten how single acts of individual perfidy or courage become precursors of epoch-making events. They do not care to tell us why the desecration of Hamza's corpse by Hind became the most gripping tale of barbarism from a battle in which many close companions of the Prophet ((PTUI!)) had fallen and who are rarely remembered.
Dreyfus was not the first Frenchie to suffer long under an insensitive system but his predecessors went unsung for want of a Zola who could utter the two immortalised words, 'I accuse'. It may be quite possible for these elements in the current situation in Pakistain to attack Iqbal for treating Fatima as the only spark of life in the Mohammedan ummah while there were many other women who had perished during Italia's aggression on Libya.
But these are minor matters in the context of the broader design for the indoctrination of the people, especially the youth.
When Malala's identity as a symbol of knowledge or of women's aspiration to receive education is challenged the idea is to challenge the authenticity of the concept of education subscribed to by Malala and her 'misguided' supporters.
The message to the people is that anything outside the fungus-ridden mind of the preachers of hate is not education, the laws of gravity and motion are not part of knowledge and all sciences are snares spread by the devil to trap the unwary among the servants of the Almighty.
Posted by: Fred