Don't FlatteR YourselveS
"KABUL, Afghanistan - An Afghan court on Sunday dismissed a case against a man who converted from Is-lam to Christianity because of a lack of evidence and he will be released soon, officials said.
The announcement came as U.S.-backed President Hamid Karzai faced mounting foreign pressure to free Abdul Rahman, a move that risked angering Mus-lim clerics here who have called for him to be killed."
"He said several of Rahman's family members have testified that the 41-year-old has mental problems. "It is the job of the attorney general's office to decide if he is mentally fit to stand trial," he told AP."
Mus-lim clerics had threatened to incite Afghans to kill Rahman if the government freed him. They said he clearly violated Is-lamic Sha-riah law by rejecting Is-lam.
Karzai has had to be careful not to offend Is-lamic sensibilities at home and alienate religious conservatives who wield considerable power.
He said Rahman had been asking guards for a Bible but that they did not have any to give him."
Have you ever heard of a major political decision being changed "so as not to offend" women, or Jews for that matter? Despite huge outcry and civil protest anti-Christian artwork is routinely displayed, and yet the proprietors don't reconsider "so as not to offend" Christians.
Why is that?
It's all about the Anger.
Anger is "an emotional state that varies in intensity-anywhere from mild irritation to intense rage.
The instinctive,or what some would even call the most "natural way" to express anger is to respond aggressively.
Anger is a adaptive response when one if feeling "threatened".It often evokes powerful, aggressive, feelings and behaviors, which allow us to fight and to defend ourselves (and our loved ones) when we are attacked. In other words, a certain amount of anger, is healthy therefore,and even necessary to our survival."
Conversely, we can't very well physically lash out at every person or object that upsets, irritates or annoys us. That's called barbarism.
We therefore inact laws,institute social norms, and trust that common sense will place limits on how far our anger can take us.
Then there is the sociocultural influence.In some cultures, anger is often regarded as negative, while in South Central L.A.for example, gang members are "rewarded" and considered "macho" when they riot and burn cars.
Some consider anger "taboo", and may be taught that it's all right to express anxiety, depression, or other emotions but not to express anger. As a result, they don't learn how to handle it or to even channel it constructively.
One thing we do know is that family background plays a huge role. Typically, people who are easily angered come from families that are disruptive, chaotic, and not skilled at emotional communications.
In essence when governments withdraw political positions "so as not to offend" Muzlims, what they are really saying is ..."so as not to incur their wrath"..and their subsequent pathological. rageful, murderous, barbaric behavior.
You see, a "healthy" response to an anger provoking situation is to reduce both your emotional feelings and the physiological arousal that anger causes.
You learn very early on in life that you can not eliminate or avoid, all the people or things that enrage you, and you certainly know you have no power to directly change them. The one thing a 'mentally healthy' person learns, however is that he or she can learn to control his or her reactions.
In essence when we hear of policy change due to government's "sensitivity" toward a "group"..(since when has government of all things concerned themselves with emotion?)...
that "group" should be far from flattered.
Read between the lines.
What is meant is that your "people" have a history of acting in ways that are out of control and frightening. They are viewed as undisciplined, unevolved "hotheadeds" who clearly get angry more easily and more intensely than a balanced person does.
They are prone to show their anger in violent ways - cursing, throwing things, burning buildings, cars, physically assualting or killing other people.
In other words, they simply have no ability to take things in stride, most especially if the situation seems to them somehow unjust.
But as we all know...(or at least the "healthy" ones among us)..
Unbridled anger actually escalates anger and aggression. In addition to which it does nothing to help you resolve the problem or situation.
So, in essence, we are dealing with not only one person but millions who have proven themselves incapable of proper "impulse control" and " conflict resolution".
They behave very much like a poorly disciplined child or bully, who feels self righteous and justified, believing that there is no way to solve the problem. They thus choose to bully, alienate,humiliate and torture people who might otherwise be willing to work with them on finding a compromise or long term solution.
The attorney general's office is to decide if Rahman "is mentally fit to stand trial,"?
In a culture where they all feel morally right, where any compromise or changing of their ways is an unbearable indignity that they deem that they should not have to suffer...
where violence is the first response to disappointment and frustration...
Oh yea, they are excellent diagnosticians of 'Mental Health' aren't they?
Check out :Church and State for more on Abdul Rahman.
The Real Ugly American has his take on the media and war. He's a gem..whatever he discusses, he does with class!
The Uncooperative Blogger has an indepth look at the Sad-aam tapes and WMD's.
For more insights about Abdul Rahman mosey over to the one an only..third world country