I have great respect for Mr Isa's scholarship and well meaning
piece about the destruction of the statues by the Taliban. However, Mr
Isa completely ignores the fact that idols were broken all across
after the conquest of Mecca, Similarly, they were broken during the
Protestant reform and after Constantine became Christian.
Mr Isa has deliberately stayed away from the ample Hadith
and historical material on the subject.
Mr Irfan Hussain's piece was predictable Islam bashing.
Today, the breaking of idols is a symbolic act, as icons held sacred by
the Western Civilization. Human beings, the potential Buddhas, are less
important than statues of stone and dust in the schema of the West. We
have not heard of any substantial help for the Afghan drought victims
the amputees from Russian mines. There is no help from the West, only
sanctions. In spite of the fact that the West owes the liberation of
Eastern Europe, the reunification of the Germanies and freedom of
Central Asian countries to the blood of the million and one half Afghan
martyrs. Has Mr Kofi Annan ever asked Russia, the successor state of
Soviet Union, to provide compensation for the destruction of
Afghanistan. The US for its part has provided billions of dollars in
aid to Russia.
Suddenly, the West is up in arms, along with its running dogs, the
Indians, because Western gods ('art') are being smashed.
Remember Dresden, an open city, bombed. How many churches destroyed.
Remember the fire storm of Tokyo, the atomic bombs on Nagasaki and
Hiroshima. How many Buddhas and statues destroyed? The victims are even
forbidden to protest.
Remember the Yemeni quarter of Jerusalem. It was bulldozed by the
1967. Remember the burning of the mimbar in Al-Aqsa mosque dating to
The dynamiting of mosques by the Serbs all over the Balkans. The
destruction of Babri masjid by Hindu mobs allied to the Government of
India. The ban on prayer in mosques in Turkey converted into tourist
temples. The destruction of Aql Takht by the Indian Army. Seen in this
light the pronouncements on the Taliban by the Indian Parliament are
indeed a crude joke.
The intense bombing of Iraq where virtually every square kilometer is hallowed
ground for archeologists. The US cruise missile attack on mosques in
Afghanistan. Has anybody paid compensation to the victims?
Messrs Isa and Hussain have been silent on these issues. Now they
predictably join their masters in the chorus against the Taliban.
When the Soviet Union fell, statues of Lenin and Stalin were pulled
and destroyed. There was no protest by the West. We were told that the
Russian people were repudiating their past and joining the glorious
capitalist world. This, in spite of the fact that there were still
committed communists in Russia. There are no Buddhists in Afghanistan.
Well, the Taliban are also repudiating their past and their actions has
exposed the hypocrisy of the West and regimes imposed on the Muslims.
Silent on human tragedy and suffering these hypocrites now come out of
the wood work to protect dust and stone.
The most laughable of all is Mr Moinuddin Haider's role. Somebody
read Iqbal to him.
But shikan uth gaiy, baqi jo rahey but ger hain
Tha Ibrahim pidr or pisr azar hain
Myth of Iranian commitment to Islam has also been exposed by the
Taliban. Gone are the days of Khomeini. Iran is now an Sectarian
Teepu Siddique, MD
2001-03-13 Tue 13:05ct