I have some things I try not to write of to often: In particular that would be, these days, the holy ganja, and our brothers of Islam. There is nothing less interesting, to me, - and most people I would assume - than legalizeit-blogs, immigration-blogs or any other blog with an agenda (besides, ofcourse, the coolification of the author).
Atomic blast captured with high speed shutter camera. Looks a bit like an alternative universe on the other side.
For instance I've held off on writing about Russias planned sale of S-300 missiles to Iran. Why add to the havoc, why join the fear mongerers? The most interesting thing for me is that the information have'nt pop'd up in Norwegian media at all and that I found it in The Times of India. Are they [the Norwegian media] simply inept and understaffed, or are there other reasons for not mentioning such an item?
I digress. Todays Aftenposten have a byline by exile Iranian-turned norwegian politician-Mazyar Keshvari who interestingly enough has plegded his allegiance to FrP (that rightwing populist party I sometimes mockingly refer to as the Facist Party). [And if you can't comprehend the high kings tounge I refer you, as usual, to http://translate.google.com].
Mr. Keshvari critizises the bland liberal/secular reaction to recent events springing from the tension between secular Scandinavia and our immigrant brothers and sisters of Islam. He mentions the moslem 'moral police' in Oslo district Grønnland, recent cases of Mohammed-caricatures resulting in mass-demostrations, murder and terror threats et cetera. His point; that these are all tendencies towards what he was escaping in the first place; is somewhat I often have pointed out in discussions - and this is a good a time as ever to write a few words on that subject in my usual roundabout way.
St. George Hare (1857-1933) "A victory of faith" [Pic from italian blog La Conchiglia di Venere]
I am, you could say, a fan of God. Whatever you choose to call he/she/it. But it is quite striking to compare levels of violence in a society with levels of secularity... and I think my grandfather, no matter his mafia-antics (another story), had it right. (If you are a littlebit slow I'll spell it out: There is a direct link between a societys level of secularity and reduced levels of violence and war.) So while it seems obvious to me that God should have no part in the gouvernance of society - I do think one of the most important points of having a society at all is to allow for the worship of God. It might even be the point.
Now: when revolutionary brothers speak to me of their dreams and hopes of a islamic revolution by arms in Oslo, I simply smile. But we can do it! They tell me. Ofcourse they can. But you know little of the logisitcs of war if you think you can hold Oslo (or Malmö, or Copenhagen or whatnot). And I have convinced more than one delutional fellow to leave his dreams and mad schemes behind simply by doing a geografy realitycheck. From where and whence would he get supplies and reinforcements? What happens when the 2 million norwegians with military training not living in Oslo take to arms?
A mashup of Carravaggios 'Last Supper'.
And we have'nt even started to count crusaders and americans. So I simply smile. A littlebit sad though. It would be sad for this world and her people if fundamentalists managed to once again awaken the northern beast. When awakened it cares not if thou art dubbed hebrew, arab, negro... whatnot. (Beware of Grendel!)
What makes me angry and misantropic is the hubris and stupidity of escaping their own fuck'd up countries, seeking our 'western paradise' and then trying to change all the things that makes it work. Despising us for our liberal lives (and wifes). Churchill perhaps said it best: "Democracy is the worst form of goverment that has ever been tried. Except for all the others." Do they think we like everything about our societies? Thinking men and women have simply accepted that it is the only known way to get all those things they come here seeking.
And the masses are sedated by their alcohol and fucking and shopping and their television.
It is like a man chosing to live in my well ordered and rich home in stead of his own fuck'd up one, and then telling me not to do the dishes and not to go to work so that my home can fall into the same disarray as his own. They speak of hospitality and respect, but know naugth but the primitive forms of barbaric people.
So please: Do teach me of the submission to God, Inzh Allah! Share the treasures of your most ancient and glorious cultures. Make us see how the elderly should be treated. So on and so forth. But when it comes to gouvernance you can keep your opinion to yourself; atleast until such a time as you can show to a single well functioning not-on-the-brinck-of-chaos Sharia state.