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Thursday, August 26, 2004


The next cartoon from Brian Gable, Canada is a joke I have seen repeated many times in cartoon form over the last few years. The fact that a society can have such a distorted perspective of the future and the future of its youth is scary. The fact that the world has become so blase about it, is sickening.

This cartoon illustrates well two important points:
  • What children in many Islamic fundamentalist societies are taught to aspire to
  • Terrorist groups like Al-Qaeda (and the Palestinian Authority) view their youth simply as a means to its own end

Imagine if in all Islamic societies children were taught to aspire to great things (killing civilians does not count) and focus on the rewards they can enjoy from this world without having to blow themselves up for the next. This would be a society that understood that peace and cooperation were in its own best interests and that violence only begets more violence. This would have to begin with the Islamic leadership and would need to come from secular and religious "leaders" in the community. This would take many years to accomplish in deeply propaganded societies like the Palestinian and actually effect change societal collective. All the more reason to begin now so that there is a chance for a meaningful peace in the world in the future.


Blogger Aquila ka Hecate said...

Good point old bean.

Now further imagine a world in which no dreams of the afterlife whatsoever were encouraged.

Can you imagine a bunch of Metaphysical Naturalists flying a plane into a tower, for example?

3:57 PM  
Blogger Tank Girl said...

Despite the fact that the cartoon does not mention the Palestinian situation and in fact explicitly states "al-qaeda" you managed to miss it completely and talk about those crazy Palestinians.

If you're going to be commenting on political cartoons, you have to understand nuance. Like how about the difference between al-qaeda and palestinian organizations? Oh wait, that's not nuance, that's a big fucking difference.

The cartoon is not about Palestinians dipshit. Know your Islamisms next time. Check yoself before you wreck yoself.

6:43 PM  
Blogger Marc K said...

Thanks Tank Girl for pointing that out.

I would like to mention two things:
1 - Even though it says Al-Qaeda I think it applies more to Palestinians anyway since they have the highest rate of humnan terrorist bombings.
2 - I have changed the comment to reflect the correction.

Looking forward to more of your comments.

Marc K

10:57 PM  
Anonymous Larissa G. said...

You (and the cartoon) could not be FURTHER from the truth about Islam. I'm not muslim, I'm agnostic and have nothing to do with the middle east other than the fact I study Arabic at uni so I'm not biased when I say what I'm about to say.

Islam, the religion guided by the Holy Qur'an, DOES NOT ENDORSE VIOLENCE. It most certainly never asks or require of its followers to kill themselves for whatever reason. It is explicitly stated in the Qur'an that " Fight in the way of Allah those who fight against you, But do not attack them first, Allah does not like transgression"

Even though Al Qaeda may consist of Muslims, it does not mean its values are those of Islam.
Because if we're going in this direction, generalizing the actions of a couple people into those of a whole society or Catholics are terrorists as well: Adolf Hitler and the Third Reich. Orthodox: Stalin; .....

This whole blog could not be further from the truth. Nor you nor the artists of the cartoons have ANY idea what Islam is about. It's best you do not talk about something if you are not well informed.

Here's a link to the Qur'an. If you read it, then and only THEN will you know exactly what Islam is all about. http://quran.com/

2:11 AM  

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