Thursday, December 4, 2008

More from the real human haters

There's certainly no room for jokes in light of the recent Mumbai massacres. Different people deal with senseless, violent tragedy in different ways, which means sheer frustration and the need to cry out "why" can be expressed differently. The brilliant, irreverent satirist Iowahawk deals with it the only way he can.

Ajmal Amir Kasab, the sole surviving member of the 10-man team of Pakistani gunmen that left hundreds dead or wounded after a bloody three day rampage in Mumbai, today blamed the mayhem on an "email mixup" that left him and his colleagues unaware that Barack Obama had won election as President of the United States.

"Boy, talk about having egg on the face," said a visibly embarrassed Kasab. "If we knew Bush was on his way out, obviously we would have called off the crazy random baby-shootings and martyrdom stuff, and signed on with the Peace Corps or Habitat for Humanity. At this point I guess all I can say is 'my bad.'"

Again, nobody is making light of the tragedy, but look carefully and see the point. It's not about Kashmir, or Palestine, or George W Bush, or US foreign policy. US foreign policy does not make a human being capable of smashing a four year old girl's head against a rock until her skull cracks open. GW Bush's "invasion" of Iraq in 2003 does not make a person tear apart babies in Lebanon in the 1980's.

No. We have not "radicalised" anybody. This is about Jihad, it's been going for 1300 years. And it starts with Jews. The full Iowahawk satire is here. (Warning, some coarse language).