Three interesting parallels:
- Aafia Siddiqui vs. Zarina Marri. For the former we have everyone and their brother beating their breasts in agony at the thought of our mother, sister, MIT scientist, hope of the nation, etc, being beaten and tortured in Bagram. Everyone was absolutely convinced that this story was 100% true as soon as Yvonne Ridley reported it. Now one would think that the Asian Human Rights Commission would be a slightly more reliable source than Yvonne Ridley, but the Zarina Marri story was of course held up to a microscope and questioned at every step and then promptly dropped from the public’s radar, all in about one day.
Gaza vs. Swat:
The valley is replete with such scenes, as more than 170 schools have been bombed or torched besides other government-owned buildings. Also, more people have been killed in violence and military operations in the valley than the Israeli onslaught on Gaza, but the people have been unfortunate not to get due attention of the government, politico-religious parties and civil society, who have been crowding streets to protest the killing of Palestinians.
- And today, the joyful reception in the Muslim world of the news that an appeals court has ordered that Geert Wilders be prosecuted for “hate speech” against the Quran and Islam. The funny thing is, the people most loudly praising this decision are oddly the same ones going overboard with the Gaza = concentration camp and Israel = Third Reich comparison. Do they want to prosecute themselves as well? I doubt it.