30th January 2011
IN LAHORE, PAKISTAN Following the assassination of a liberal politician who criticized federal blasphemy laws, loud support for the confessed killer is coming from an unlikely quarter: a violence-eschewing, anti-Taliban school of Islam steeped in Sufism.
The notion of a moderate but silent Pakistani majority has also been undermined by the stance taken by the nation’s young black-suited lawyers, who three years ago led massive pro-democracy strikes but this month showered rose petals on Mumtaz Qadri, the killer of Punjab governor Salman Taseer. Civilian and military officials have responded with little more than tepid disapproval to the killing.
My, what a surprise. Aren’t you surprised? I’m sure surprised.
The really sad part is that this writer from the Washington Post seems to be so surprised as well.
Violence and intolerance are essential characteristics of Islam. Let’s just hope that our Ruling Class wakes up to that fact before we’re all slaves.