t Double Yellow's Musings: The <i>Bodoh</i> West
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Wednesday, August 24, 2005

The Bodoh West

It’s amazing to see how the ang mohs are getting all scared of Islam ever since the September 11 terrorist attacks. Somehow those bodoh’s cannot seem to understand that Islam has very little to do with terrorism.

The thinking in the West that jihad (and by an extension Islam) being the primary cause of terrorism is pathetic. Just because a terrorist says he is fighting in the name of jihad, does NOT make jihad THE problem. Jihad is something that is historically used in Muslim societies to weed out what they consider evil. Hence for many Muslims, jihad is a tool for doing greater good or at least what they percieve as the greater good. It may just be a motivating factor, something that you cannot ask Muslims to give up – its part and parcel of their religion.

Similarly, the notion of Shariah strikes fear into the hearts of ang mohs. Somehow, the notion of Shariah is now linked to 'radical' Islam. Wah lau, where got this kind of thing one? The Australian Treasurer, Peter Costello, instead of worrying about the AU$ exchange rate, told Muslims in the country to leave if they wanted to live under Islamic Shariah law. For some reason, there is a perception that Shariah law is NOT compatible with democracy. What the bodoh’s don’t get is that Shariah law is man-made.... get it Peter? Man-made!!! Just because Iran has got Shariah law does not mean all its tenets are applicable in Australia. Congratulations Peter, you have just managed alienate a big bunch of Australian Muslims.

It is precisely because of such myopic views that the terrorists are winning the war!!

I must admit that Singapore is one of the few countries that has understood that Islam has very little to do with terrorism and is one of the few countries that is taking a more holistic approach is combating the problem. That is why I hope when our good minister says that the security meetings between Singapore and Australia is a “meeting of the minds”, its more rhetoric than substance.


Blogger AG said...

I suppose it's called sterotyping. like when every i see ang moh on the street, i think, "stupid chao ang moh. ptui!"

5:47 AM  
Blogger doubleyellow said...

hey AG, although similar, going "stupid chao ang moh. ptui!" is harmless compared to the steretyping that the West is doing between Islam and terrorism.

'Bird-brain' comments from the Oz treasury dude gave is going to alienate the so-called 'moderate' Muslim community further.

And yet the West wants to ask - "why do they hate us so much?" I want to look at them and say, "farts, just listen to yourself - if you are still as surprised then you are really as bodoh that I think you are" :)

9:07 AM  
Blogger AG said...

well basically, stereotyping stems from lack of understanding of a culture, (however in the US's case, it comes from understanding it) the level of damage doesn't factor into it. however, the reactions resulting from the sterotyping is directly proportional to the level of stereotyping. i think. :P

6:55 AM  
Blogger doubleyellow said...

AG, that was so profound and cheem that i had read it a few times :)

interesting theory there... i wonder whether then xenophobia is extreme stereotyping?

7:41 AM  
Blogger AG said...

well, normally i would say yes. but since i'm biased and all, i'd just say it's a reaction to their stupidity and arrogance. XP

anyways. the west, (namely america) don't get why people hate them is because they're so "sheltered" in the u.s. their country is so big, all the news they mainly get are local news. and few people (considering their population) are interested in news beyond their shores.

i might be posting something about that once my sem and deadlines are over. ;)

8:26 AM  
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8:27 AM  
Blogger doubleyellow said...

hey AG, ur totally right about the sheltering. dunno whether they realize it though...

and if you're gonna post something on this, keep me posted (pun unintended) :p

6:01 PM  
Anonymous Bodoh Westerner said...

The 'West" is bodoh. But it is not bodoh for fearing Islam. Where there is no LKY and the SB, muslims (especially from rural Arab communities allowed to migrate into the developed world) show their true colours. They preach exclusion, hate and contempt for the very democratic values that gave them refuge from their muslim govts and allow them to speak freely. The West is bodoh because it allowed them into the West in the first place. Again, remember that Singapore Muslims are either co-opted by your Govt or else marginalised, if not given free board and lodging under ISA. So you cannot compare the two.

9:46 PM  

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