Israel, India and the Double Standard.

I stumbled across a couple of articles in today’s papers which inadvertently highlighted the double standard that the world community, and in particular, the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions movement (the BDS movement, which sounds an awful lot like an intestinal ailment) has towards Israel.

On the one hand, there was Vivian Bercovici’s piece in the Star highlighting the distortions of reality employed by proponents of the BDS Movementi n their campaign to delegitimize Israel.    As Ms. Bercovici chronicles, proponents of the BDS movement routinely accuse Israel of being guilty of apartheid, genocide and, generally, crimes against humanity as a result of its treatment of the Palestinians.

OK, but then we have Tairah Firdous and Brett House’s piece in the National Post, chronicling the mistreatment of Kashmiri civilians at the hands of the Indian Army.  According to them:

India’s grip on Kashmir is literally overkill: Some 70,000 Kashmiri civilians have died at the hands of India’s security forces since 1989. Their excesses go broadly unpunished. India’s Armed Forces Special Powers Act gives the forces extraordinary powers to arrest people without obtaining a warrant, and to shoot first and ask questions later, all under immunity from prosecution. All of which goes largely unnoticed in the West.

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Oh my God! Again with the Crazy Pakistani Muslims?

I told myself this weekend that I would take it easy on the “Religion of Peace” this week. After all, between “Innocence of Muslims”, embassy attacks, Iran and Pakistan, I’ve been putting the boots pretty hard to the Islamic world for the last few weeks. And while that’s fun, sometimes you need a break.

So imagine my disappointment when I read this article about the Pakistani cabinet minister who has put a $100,000 bounty on the head of the person responsible for producing “Innocence of Muslims” and anyone else who makes a similar film.  At a news conference late last week Ghulam Ahmad Bilour, the Pakistani railways minister said

“I announce today that this blasphemer who has abused the holy prophet, if somebody will kill him, I will give that person a prize of $100,000…  I also invite Taliban and Al-Qaeda brothers to be partners in this noble deed… I also announce that if the government hands this person over to me, my heart says I will finish him with my own hands and then they can hang me.”

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Pakistani Lawyers: “Death to the Blasphemer”

A few years ago, in response to the imposition of emergency rule in Pakistan by the Musharraf government, the Ontario Bar Association (OBA) and the Law Society of Upper Canada (LSUC) issued press releases, organized rallies and circulated petitions urging Ontario’s lawyers to support the efforts of their counterparts in Pakistan to restore the rule of law in that country.  All very noble and honourable.

I was thinking about that when I read this story, in today’s Globe, about a group of 500 Pakistani lawyers storming the diplomatic enclave in Islamabad wearing headbands inscribed with “Lovers of Prophet, Death to the blasphemer”.  Meanwhile the Pakistan Bar Council called for a day of protest against “Innocence of Muslims” and condemned the US for failing to take action against it.  Nice to see the people charged with defending the rule of law in Pakistan are so reasonable.

I wonder if the OBA and LSUC will be circulating petitions calling for our “counterparts” in Pakistan to respect religious freedom and freedom of expression. Why do I suspect they’ll remain curiously quiet on the subject.

World’s Crappiest Countries – Pakistan Edition

Part of me wants to feel bad for picking on Pakistan.  It is, after all, one of the world’s crappiest countries.  It probably doesn’t need to be reminded of that fact.  But then I read this story and, yeah, it needs to be reminded of the fact.

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