MUKHTARAN MAI: THE LIGHT DEFINED BY SHADOW Mukhtaran Mai’s Story of Surviving Gang Rape To Speak of Hope in a Hopeless World May Yet Be Eclipsed by Dark Shadows Growing Larger in the Middle East. Wahabi, the most puritanical of Islam’s sects, threatens to swallow not just Mukhtaran, but also Pakistan, and the entire region. Nations like the United States, with its focus on the power of states as the big players in the Middle East, fail to realize that the players take their direction from Wahabi religious leaders. To further understand the influence of Wahabi and how it affected Mukhtaran and may soon engulf the region in a hungry shadow, the United States needs to understand the political power of tribes and their councils, large and small. The power of the Wahabi sect and of tribal councils is the key to understanding the story of Mukhtaran’s past as well as the future of the Middle East.
Wahabi defines all other faiths as infidel, all other sects as heretical. In name its roots go back to by Muhammad ibn-Abd-al-Wahab (1703–1792) and its great base of power lies in Saudi Arabia, bankroller of religious revolution and not incidentally the home of nineteen of the hijackers infamous for September Eleventh, 2001.
SWANS COMMENTARY ON WAHABI Islam is not Wahabi. Wahabi is not Islam. Saudi Arabia is Wahabi. Saudi Arabia is the seat and financial core of Wahabi terrorism. Tight, stark, factual. Wahabi is an extreme fundamentalism obsessed with eradicating all who call themselves Muslim, all who are not Wahabi. The West is not Wahabi. The West must also go.
Speaking up for herself and for women, Mukhtararan defies the powerful and intolerant Wahabi. Pakistan aspires to be western thinking in heading toward democracy, as George Bush would spread freedom by the barrel of a gun backed by a tank turret. Bush, Pakistan, and Mukhtaran confront Wahabi as Wahabi clearly, starkly confronts us all.
NEW YORK Wednesday June 22, 2005 10:30-12:30 PM Location: Half a Block west of Pakistani Consulate 65th Street, Fifth Ave New York, NY 10021 Directions by subway: Take the N/R train to Fifth Ave. Open to Public. Please bring your friends.
WASHINGTON DC Thursday June 23, 2005 12:00-2:00PM Outside the EMBASSY OF PAKISTAN- 3517 International Court, NW Washington DC, 20008 Open to Public. Please bring your friends.
THE LATEST FROM TOM WATSTON ON MUKHTARAN MAI: Apart from a test of wills with a military regime in an especially dangerous part of the world, what does the Mukhtaran Bibi story really mean? In his latest update today, New York Times
columnist Nicholas Kristof makes that case that Mukhtar Mai's saga is
emblematic of a larger struggle: to end ritual, sadistic, and nearly
feudal sexual abuse of women.
And he adds a powerful kicker: the Bush Administration should take
the lead in holding allies responsible for human rights abuses. Is this
a Jimmy Carter-like call for human rights as American policy, doomed to
draw snickers from the Georgetown-living, Cabernet-swilling
WHAT THE BLOGS ARE SAYING ABOUT MUKHTARAN Mukhtaran Bibi is now Mukhtaran Bibi & Co..
Over 120 weblogs, and there's no way of counting how many emails were
sent to the email addresses listed. It's been a real struggle for the
rights of an individual on the other side of the world, and in some
ways, cultural ideology. A group of volunteer writers has increased
awareness through the technology of weblogs - but it's a bit more than
weblogs. It's about the human spirit that uses weblogs and email as a
communication appendage, to stand and defend what they think is right. [KNOW PROSE]
BLOGGERS WHO HAVE WRITTEN ABOUT MUKHTARAN CAN BE FOUND[here] PREVIOUS HERETIK POST [here]
Tom Watson has written most about Mukhtaran, most recently [here]
Heretik Joe Ivory Mattingly is interested in showing as much support
across the blogs as possible. If you have posted about Muktaran and
would like to be added to the next update of posts, drop a comment
below or contact me [here].