Thursday, February 23, 2006

Why Did You Kill Her?

The fight between religion and freedom of speech is spinning out of control as Iraqis vent their anger at the bombing of a Shiite shrine in Samarra, north of Baghdad.

I am unsurprised by the violent reaction to this despicable crime, because the fundamental dispute between Shiites and Sunnis outrageously spawns hatred, nonstop. I am unsurprised, therefore, by the reprisal attacks at Sunni mosques.

As a Shiite, I am shocked, however, at the murder of three Sunni journalists in Samarra. They were covering the bombing in the Askari shrine for the al-Arabiya TV network when they were kidnapped by gunmen. Their bodies were discovered the following day.

Nobody knows who have murdered them, so we can't learn about the killers' motives, but I really like to know why journalists were targeted. Either Shiites slaughtered them to take revenge because the anchorwoman of the team has been so popular in Iraq. Or Sunni insurgents have committed this crime to foment more violence or possibly a civil war.

During the cartoon crisis, we said the freedom of speech must respect religious sanctities to avoid inciting hatred, but what should we do when religious hatred butchers freedom of speech?


At 7:25 PM, Blogger Papa Ray said...

I suppose you think Zarqawi has taken a vacation?

He is the one who has stated that the Iraqi civil war is the only way to beat the Americans and to bring Islam to power in Iraq.

Or had you forgotten that he said that and has been Killing Iraqis and Kurds by the thousands.

And he likes to kill and kidnap Journalists too.

But until you know for sure, feel free to blame us Americans and the Jews, because as everyone knows all we want is the OIL and the more Muslims we kill the better we like it.

Papa Ray
West Texas

At 11:23 PM, Blogger cooper said...

hey, I found your blog from an iraqi blog. I am so sad about what is happening there. I really enjoy your writing and wish you well.


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