The grisly show continues, as mobs in Pakistan swing into action to defend the Prophet by…vandalizing businesses in Peshawar. That’ll show those villains at Jyllands-Posten.
I’m reminded a bit of race riots in this country, where rioters often shoot themselves in the foot by trashing shops and other scarce economic infrastructure in their own communities. The psychological reasons are complex, of course, but it’s still tragic.
Moreover, with all its economic and political problems–not to mention the soaring influence of its rival and sworn enemy next door–Pakistan really can’t afford to piss off the rest of the world, or further sully its already abysmal international image.
What is accomplished by these ugly displays of demagoguery, other than further weaken Pakistan’s already fragile state of law & order, I don’t know.
But at this point, people organizing riots probably aren’t terribly concerned about Pakistan, Muslims, or the Prophet’s honor. This is about raising or maintaining their political profiles. Today, it’s defending the Prophet (pbuh); tomorrow they’ll find another pretext to create a crisis.
More than 70,000 protesters in Peshawar have burnt a fast-food restaurant, offices of two mobile phone companies and three cinemas as violence continues in Pakistan for a third day over the Prophet Muhammad cartoons.
Three people were killed and dozens injured in the violence in two cities, police and witnesses said on Wednesday.