Ibteda had a comment to make on my earlier post. She said (and I paraphrase) is a three-day sacrifice for a cause too much to ask? Why did I choose make such a fuss about this?
Well, first because I had no idea that the group in question existed. Or whether this ban is a three day exercise (according to most sources its on till at least May 31st). But even had I know the context in its entirety, I would not have advocated blocking an entire medium of communication as protest. Seems to me this is a a bit like chopping off your nose to spite your face. But then Pakistanis have been known to do that. Why else would we destroy public property and burn buses galore in protest over 'Danish' cartoons? I doubt damaging the common (wo)man's infrastructure and playing havoc with the country's transport system did anything to prove our point. On the other hand, it did help to defuse tension. It also gave the offended something to do. So in that sense I suppose it served is purpose. As will this silly facebook ban.
I'm Muslim enough to understand how much of an insult such a deliberate (and blatant) attempt to upset us is. Let's face it, this is a calculated attempt to piss off a fairly large segment of human population, and it's hardly surprising that its given birth to so much resentment. That said, almost every single person who comments on my blog has - at some point or the other - given me the same advice about saadonymous: ignore the troll, and the troll will eventually get tired and go annoy someone else. I don't see how these particular narrow-minded idiots who decide its amusing to play with other people's sentiments are any different on the macro scale as saadonymous is here. They're trolls of the worst kind and they thrive on attention. If they don't get it, chances are their disgusting display of anti-religious chauvinism will die a quick death. Fortunately for them, the world has made sure that no such thing happens. From a tiny facebook group, this has turned into a global campaign. Now, they have justification to fight for 'their' civil liberties (i.e. the liberty to draw/say what they want) while people in this part of the world fight for the right to protest against insult. On an abstract scale, both arguments apply.
So today Pakistan banned facebook. Today, Pakistanis circulated (en-masse) methods to evade that ban. The facebook group in question gained popularity in notoriety. People like me went through withdrawal symptoms a-plenty and others felt somewhat relieved that the social pressure to be in constant contact with the world at large had been removed. At the end of the day nothing happened.
This, my loves, is but a storm in a tea-cup. And it too shall pass.