Apparently Pakistan has banned YouTube, for offending Islam. Why pissing off Cat Stevens is so bad, I dunno. Was in this place, killing time with fast Internet. Incredible how difference the experience is, of instantly connecting, of instant video. Stumbled across the odd clip above. Was pretty funny, sword clashing a bit loud. The funniest part is Islamic Girls Gone Wild at the end. From what I’ve read of the Koran – stuck in the Dubai airport – it’s pretty intense. Like the old Testament their God devotes a lot of time to ensuring fealty and brooking no bull. Reads much like a family history that got vera big vera fast. I really don’t know if you can blame these political things on Islam. One thing about Sri Lanka is that Muslims are the most moderate people here. Difficult to marry their daughters, for sure, but often bi/tri-lingual, educated, some wealthy. Some fiendishly poor bien sur, and bruted on both sides in the East. But bilingual. The link race if you will, between a rock and a hard place.
I knew this Iraqi in University. In my first year, anti-social, kinda lonely. He was very forward, almost aggressive, but strangely harmless. He’d hit on girls, but never tried to sleep with them. Said he didn’t even masturbate. I had to ask him that like 30 times, but I believe him. Did some mean Micheal Jackson dance moves, tragically out of date. His name was, predictably, Mohammed. First Muslim I knew at close hand and his faith seemed to make him nicer if anything, but with a weird edge of stubbornness on certain things. Suppose that edge could get sharp. I remember the video of Nicholas Berg getting his head chopped off, before things got so default fucked up. Wasn’t Mo, or anybody like him I guess. Strange how they’re in the same thought. But they are.
Most Muslims aren’t even Arab. I think Arabic culture is suffering in its own right, independent of Islam. Saudi Arabia is literally run by a bunch of lawless princes who’s grandfather literally stormed a city with some guys and few horses. Like Fidel and his cruise ship revolution I guess. The whole human race quite possible descended from 150 peeps that crossed the Red Sea like 70,000 years ago. Strange the bottlenecks of history. Bottlenecks. Like pouring ketchup I guess. Sometimes I’m doing something random and mundane and I wonder if it’s part of History. It’s usually not.
As mentioned, most Muslims are darkies – Indos, Pakis, Desi’s, etc. I guess the illusion is the percentages that enable a Muslim states – the 99 and 100 percents that signify some creepy rot underneath. But the darky Muslims are (more) generally chill. Shah Rukh Khan for example. Don’t know where else I’m going with this. Shah Rukh Khan is pretty cool.