Friday, August 11, 2006

One Blogging Tory's "Paki" Rant

The next reason Conservatives wonder why people in ethnic communities don't vote for them, they should take a hard look at posts like this by fellow Conservatives. While it is illogical to tar all Conservatives with the same brush, I find it amazing that Blogging Tories allows such posts to be linked to from its main site, and no other Tory rebukes the original blogger.
Pakistani Terrorism

Call me a racist or a bigot, I am gonna say it any way and I don't care what you call me at all! I was wondering why all these Pakis want to blow up thousands of people all over the world including Canada and recently UK.

Pakistan is the most dangerous country on the face of planet and its people are among the most dangerous and most radicals.

They are an Islamic nation without a national identity. Believe me, they identify themselves first as Muslims and then as Paki nationals.
First, regarding the alleged terror plot yesterday, it was the Pakistani government and intelligence services that helped disrupt the plot.
At a news conference, British Home Secretary John Reid said he was "grateful" for the help of the international community, in particular Pakistan, in disrupting the suspected plot.[BBC]
Second, some of the suspects are not even of Pakistani origin.

Third, it's just wrong to term all Pakistanis as 'dangerous', 'radical' and 'Muslim first'. If all Pakistanis were Muslim first then Bangladesh wouldn't have separated from Pakistan in 1970, and Pakistan wouldn't have a Baluchistan issue to deal with now. If all Pakistanis were radicals, then the Conservative Prime Minister wouldn't have appointed Wajid Khan, a Liberal MP of Pakistani origin, as his 'special advisor'.

Fourth, while I am not a Pakistani, the term 'Paki' has racial connotations and history, and should not be used in such a manner. It's like using the 'n-word' for a black person. It's just racist.

Finally, it's one thing to say Pakistan has a problem with some radicals (that moderates like Musharref are trying to fight). It's another saying all Pakistanis are so. It's plain wrong, and the Blogging Tories should call him on it.

And for symbolism's sake, last week England won a cricket match and clinched the series against Pakistan, in England. Their main bowler in the second innings? One bloke called Sajid Mahmood, of Pakistani origin, now playing for England, who took 4 wickets for only 22 runs to help crush Pakistan.

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9 comments:

Bud said...

I agree with you. That is racism and the guy should be called for it. But what about Denis Corderre? Is he not racist by publically supporting Hezbollah? I think he should be called to task for that also.

Anonymous said...

CNN is reporting that the original information about the plan came from the Muslim community in Britain.

http://www.cnn.com/2006/WORLD/europe/08/11/terror.plot/index.html

KevinG said...

The spirit of man, Ha. The spirit of an asshat is more like it.

burlivespipe said...

Pure racism but unchecked by most on the tory-phone. Unless there's a vote attached then suddenly they're friends from the birkha down the street.
Hhmm, hate to drop an unrelated question, but if Israel's attacks were measured, then pray tell why isn't Harpor pushing for a similar push into pakistan, where so many taliban (and al queda) supporters and actors reside? If that's where Osama's hiding, with some protection from pakistani forces, then would it not be equivalent -- since we know what al quaeda's goal is -- of going after a terrorist?
is that not the next logical extension, beyond the invasions/bombings of syria and iran... and continued muddling of things iraqi.

Anonymous said...

It's not racist to state the fact the most number of bombs blown up in the last year were in Pakistan, and that "moderates like Musharraf" has not really cracked down on extremism.

Pakistani backed/funded Talibans are also wrecking havoc in Afghanistan.

Sure, not all PAkistanis are radicals.

All the Pakistani administrations just didn't have the self-confidence to stand up as PAkistanis, but felt the need to be at the coatails of the Americans and the Brits. Think Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Lebannon, etc.

Fundamentalism doesn't emerge out of blue skies and falling roses.

Anh Khoi Do said...

In my opinion, what the Conservative blogger has said is sheer racism, because he makes a globalization, which means that his deplorable remarks were targetting "all the Pakistanis". The Conservative Party should really ask themselves why the New Canadians don't vote for them.

Neena said...

Mezba, Bangladesh was created on Dec 16, 1971 not on 1970.

Jason Bo Green said...

Man oh man this is a great blog!

Excellent post and some terrific comments, too... I think I'm in love

mezba said...

Bud: Please read Fuddle Duddle's post on Dennis. It is one thing to support a political party, it is another to promote hatred against a race.

Anon: Yes.

Kevin: Amazing how such crap often follows 'I am gonna say it like it is ...'

Burlivespipe: That's the trouble with the logic of preemptive statement and selective definition of terms. Their 'truth' varies by the condition.

Anon: You don't make sense. Most of the bombs blown up last year was probably in Iraq. Pakistan has lost more soldiers than the US in fight against Talibs.

Anh: The Conservative party may have a few token minorities, but most of their followers play the same tune, it looks like to me.

Neena: Thanks for the correction.

Jason: Thanks for the comments.