A sign of scholarship? A library named after bin Laden

This is called testing how far you can go: a library in Pakistan’s capital, Islamabad, has got a new name. From now onwards it shall be known as the Osama bin Mohammed bin Awad bin Laden Library.

Osama bin Laden Library, for short.

There is an Islamic school for women in Islamabad. That’s where you’ll find the newly-renamed book depository.

One wonders what they teach their students in this school. Females, after all, have been traditionally considered a rather low social species within their own society. Below even dolphins, some wittier practitioners would call them.

From the statement that appeared on the library doorway it seems obvious. Osama bin Mohammed bin Awad bin Laden, the placard says, is a martyr. And, as the newly-renamed library’s spokesman added, Osama bin Mohammed bin Awad bin Laden deserves the honour because he’s a hero. Not was. Is.

No, no need to say spokesperson or anything politically correct. It WAS a spokesman. Whom else would you have expected?

One wonders, by the way, in these politically correct times, how many enlightened people of undisguised stupidity (of both male and female persuasion) will announce that one person’s terrorist is another person’s freedom fighter. That has been a favourite slogan for these useful idiots.

As an aside: this description, useful idiots, that is, was coined for them by none other than their own ideal, Vladimir Iliych Lenin, a.k.a. Ulyanov. If you have any objections because you find this description of yourselves demeaning, humiliating, even, please address them to Mavzolei Lenina, Krasnaia Ploschadj, Moskva, Rossiiskaiya Federatsia. And if you want to complain in person, once you’ve entered the Red Square, just look for the Trinity Gate (Troitskaia Bashnia). You can’t miss it.

But to get back to this new and wonderful addition to Islamabad’s educational landscape.

Should anyone object that Osama bin Mohammed bin Awad bin Laden perhaps might not be really deserving of such a signal honour, Maulana Abdul Aziz, the school’s defender of the faith, has something to say, too. “If the Pakistani government takes aim at our mosques and madrasas, sharia law permits us to exact revenge upon them. And if anyone is going to go hard on us, they can’t expect flowers in return.”

How perfectly poetic, right? Especially considering that the new Osama bin Mohammed bin Awad bin Laden Library contains about two thousand books and all of them deal with Islam – and nothing else. Well, there’s nothing wrong with that, come to think of it. You won’t find books on making lace in, say, a biochemstry lab’s library, unless a busy employee forgot it there, that is.

But, lest we forget, who was this Osama bin Mohammed bin Awad bin Laden, anyway? Why, the founder of al-Qaeda, that humanitarian volunteer society whose only (but sacred) goal is to create mayhem by killing innocent civilian bystanders. The victims’ only guilt: they just happen to have a different set of values, they believe in things incompatible with the values of the Islam holy book, the Koran. Of course, to call the contents of the Koran “values” is stretching it somewhat. Killing innocent civilian bystanders just because their values and faiths are different can hardly be called that. You might as well call Karl Marx’s (and Friedrich Engels’) Communist Manifesto or Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf valuable literature, if you call Koran’s contents values.

The idea is simple: kill them all, regardless of age, sex or faith. Why worry about killing children? It’s even better to kill them now rather than later, when they grow up and begin enjoying such popular pastimes as marriage and procreation. At least there would be fewer people to kill in the future, thus saving valuable resources.

And Osama bin Mohammed bin Awad bin Laden, one the major practitioners of such enlightened pursuits, is the guy who earned such an honour as to have a library named after him.

Frightfully humanitarian.

And what about that threat against the Pakistani government?

A bit of background

The official name of the country of 180 million citizens is the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. On the surface it seems to have inherited some features from the British and other features from the American legal systems. In reality, this is a sham. Pakistan’s regions are (consitutionally, too) ruled by what is known as jirga. Officially, that means government by a tribal assembly of elders which takes decisions by consensus. Unofficially, it subordinates its ways of thinking to sharia. Since sharia is a set of laws and rules that openly views democratic ways as decadence that leads directly to hell, there’s not much the good Maulana Abdul Aziz, the defender of the faith in that particular school, can fear.

In fact, it has been an established fact that Pakistan’s secret services not so secretly support both al-Qaeda and the Taliban. Some reports say that those within the Pakistani secret services whose indiscretions led the Americans directly to Osama bin Mohammed bin Awad bin Laden’s hiding place have found their careers stopped short. In some cases, their lives, too.

Has the West raised at least one eyebrow about the news about the honour bestowed upon Osama bin Mohammed bin Awad bin Laden? Has that news made any waves? Are you kidding? In how many mainstream media outlets have you seen this wonderful news item? A rhetorical question, that.

We are like ostriches who hide their heads in the sand when they spy danger, in the hope that this, too, shall pass.

It won’t.

There was a Protestant pastor in Germany. His name was Martin Niemöller. Despite his earlier antisemitism, Niemöller would – as time went on – become an outspoken public foe of Adolf Hitler and all of his works. Niemöller spent the last seven years of Nazi rule in concentration camps.

Here’s what Niemöller had to say about his experience afterwards: “First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out – because I was not a Socialist. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out – because I was not a trade unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out – because I was not a Jew. Then they came for me – and there was no one left to speak for me.”

Remember it.

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One thought on “A sign of scholarship? A library named after bin Laden

  1. Inkavo April 26, 2014 at 10:46 Reply

    To jsi napsal dobre. Inka Dne 4/22/2014 6:58 AM, Our City, Our World, Our Universe napsal(a): > WordPress.com > Peter Adler posted: “This is called testing how far you can go: a > library in Pakistan’s capital, Islamabad, has got a new name. From now > onwards it shall be known as the Osama bin Mohammed bin Awad bin Laden > Library. Osama bin Laden Library, for short. There is an Islam” >

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