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« Le Harem politique Le Prophète et les femmesAre we ready for freedom of speech? »

Shouting Loud for Fouad!

  • By: Qwaider

  • On:Sunday, January 06, 2008 5:02:16 PM
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    It's so easy for all of us to sit idly on our hands, sipping our hot chocolate and sympathize with someone who was thrown in jail, not for a crime, but for having alternate thought. Ideas against the main stream. Ideas not approved by the social, political, religious or even community dogma.

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    Sadly, we all practice this oppression against people and ideas that don't quite appeal to us, there are very few exceptions. Let me give you an example. Lets say you disagree with any of the famous bloggers. Do you think they will spare any opportunity to completely tear you apart? On or offline the idea is clear, disagree with me and you are doomed.

    لا لكاتم الصوت

    If we as a small community of bloggers are practicing this level of oppression against one another, Wouldn't it be clear why on the grander scale of issues governments are doing that?

    Speak your mind, and you will be prosecuted!
    -Qwaiderization

    If not by the evil ignorant villagers with torches and pitchforks. It will be by oppressive governments. The villagers with pitchforks have been replaced with bloggers, from which I have personally suffered a many kinds of oppression, but I simply refuse to go silently into the dark

    As we enjoy our freedoms, and simply "living" with all what accompanies that word, it's hard to imagine the suffering of others being dragged and thrown into jail cells, not for anything but having free thought, and a will to refuse getting silenced.  Free thought appears to be a crime against humanity these days.

    To silence our blogs is to throw away our rifles in the heat of battle. To be silent is like asking writers to throw away their pens.

    The pen, that little instrument that is mightier than the sword!

    I don't understand how people don't get it. Being silent is the warm and cozy place, where you sip your hot chocolate and remotely sympathize with the poor victims of oppression. Oppression, that turned us to gears spinning in it's hatred machine. Being silent is safe. Being silent is what they want, therefore being silent is what me must NEVER do!

    But, what do I know? I'm one of those outcasts that "know nothing" and "account for nothing". But am I really that far off? Or are we as people, as bloggers, as humans manipulating every atom in this universe to rally to our own glory.

    It's pathetic to see people calling for freedom, and practicing the opposite...

    I wonder, if I was ever detained for speaking my mind, would a single blogger (of the people proudly raising the banners now) care? Would a single word be written in protest and demanding my release?

    Let me tell you right this moment, just like people who leave their will, if you even cared, and if it was for me, don't you EVER be silent, except maybe for a moment to mourn me.

    "I, come what may, will not be silenced.
    Come what may, I will continue my fight for equality and justice
    without any compromise until my death.
    Come what may, I will never be silenced."

    - Taslima Nasrin,
    a secular feminist protesting attacks on her life by some islamists

    Today, I shout louder, I shout brighter, for Fouad.

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    • On: 1/6/2008 7:01:54 PM
    Goodness, ya Qwaider, you are a man of passion. This is an impassioned plea for Fouad, and I applaud and affirm your stand.

    You can bet I'd even learn to put a banner up if you were ever in trouble like this. :D

    I'm not sipping chocolate, in fact, I was fasting from chocolate today and praying for Fouad. Silence isn't always what you say it is, in this post and the last one, and there is room for differing expressions of outrage.

    Perhaps it is now time to write emails, with our real names, to the KSA in support.
    I think the louder we shout, the more people become aware of the matter, the more pressure is placed on the Saudi government, by human rights organization, by the us State department, but united nations to abolish their medieval ways and resort more to civility, compassion and mercy when dealing with their citizens
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    • طفيلي(  ahmad)
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    • On: 1/7/2008 1:48:25 AM
    Qwaider

    Fouad will be out of prison in the near future since US and other countries haved asked for releasing him. But why can we learn to express our opinion with understanding the circumstances around us

    My question is

    Do you prefer to see chaos in your country where there is freedom of speech?  

    Or

    Do you prefer to live under ‘dictatorship system’ where there is stable life in this country?
    I believe we are not ready for freedom since there are a lot of contradictions in our life and cultures . if You are asking for applying true democracy and freedom in our countries you will face extremist talking over the governments. To avoid that, we have to learn that the world has changed and need to adopt new things to face the difficult times coming.
    I enjoy the freedom since I have been out of country and thanks Allah that we do not have in my country Now.We are like kids still learning how we shape our identity in this world. I don’t support who challenge the system leading  to spread chaos among our people through ideas, even they are goods for community .
    Ahmad, funny you should say that.
    Allow me to explain, and I'll leave the whole matter to your judgement.

    Omar ibm el khattab, the great Khalifa, Al farouq, the man feared by Satan and other men. Tall, strong, and fierce, was stopped by a woman who protested. Omar had a lot of rigidness when it came to the subject of women and have repeatedly asked the prophet for more restrictions against them. What did he do to the woman? Did he jail her? Did he prosecute or kill her?
    No, he declared, in front of EVERYONE in Medina that the woman was right and he was wrong.

    That's freedom of speech, did it cause chaos? Were the Arabs of 1400 years ago more ready to accept freedom of speech and now we some home not ready?

    I'll leave it all to your best judgement.
    Why the qutation around dictatorships? They are real living dictators, no need for the qutations...And don't be fooled by whats going around us, it is all foreign hands that caused this...

    if the security we have is a result of oppression, then it is all fake and we don't deserve it..If the system is instilling hate and racism, what do you really expect?

    If one mans words control the fate of millions, are we to blame?

    Funny how they succeed in making many of us thank them for our security, I just remembered Saleh el Gallab!
    That was one of the best support posts I've seen for Fouad. You bloggers need to continue this. Don't stop now.

    I love Naji El Ali, he's such an ahead of his time genius. I sure wish he was alive today to see how he would react to the current events
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