The charade by Islamists over the publication
of the cartoons depicting the Mohammed (prophet) as a suicide bomber
is being taken too seriously by many. Apologies after apologies
are being delivered to Islamic governments and thugs. Any apology
makes them more vicious and more daring. The only weapon they have
is hostage taking, bullying, intimidating, killing, maiming, and
offending any human values and any libertarian rights.
We should not apologize to these reactionary forces who have organized
the most sophisticated machinery of oppression and intimidation,
who have organized and mobilized an army of terrorists world wide,
who have been terrorizing the citizens of the Islamic ridden countries
as well as citizens of the world, who have the worst criminal record.
This is their weapon: resorting to terror while appearing as victims.
They kill, maim, stone to death people for wanting their rights,
for wanting freedom, for wanting a better life. They humiliate women
daily, deprive them of their rights, torture them for not observing
the rule of Islam, and when someone dares to tell the truth about
their atrocities, they become offended, they cry for their “violated
dignities”, they become “sacred”. This is nothing but blackmail.
Just the same way as they take innocent people hostage daily, by
crying for their “sacred” beliefs, they take our conscious hostage.
This is their method of survival.
The world without unconditional freedom of expression and criticism
will be a very doll and scary world to live. These values are result
of long and hard fought battles. We have to preserve the right to
unconditional expression and criticism. Nothing is sacred for everyone.
Thus everyone must have the right to criticize or ridicule any “sacred”
concept, object or belief. The only way we can build a better and
more humane world is to safeguard with all our power these sacred
values. Unconditional freedom of expression and criticism is the
sacred value, we should maintain.
Islamists become offended and hysterical too often. They should
learn to be more tolerant, more respectful of libertarian rights
that have been won through long struggles by humanity and progressive
forces. We should teach them to respect freedom and civil rights.
We should teach them to respect women’s rights. We should teach
them not too readily resort to terror and intimidation. How? By
standing firm to their face, and say no apologies are due. If any,
it is your turn to apologize for all your crimes against humanity.
Chairperson for Organisation for Women’s Liberation- Iran
Producer and presenter of No to Political Islam an NCTV programme