Friday, November 30, 2007

Pandering to supplicants

Gillian Gibbons has been sentenced to 15 days in prison for her part in the thoroughly evil Insulting-Islam Teddy Bear plot (as it will henceforth catchily be known). The Foreign Office are apparently unhappy with this.
The Foreign Office is attempting to secure the release of a British teacher jailed in Sudan for insulting religion after naming a teddy bear Muhammad.

Gillian Gibbons, 54, from Liverpool, has been sentenced to 15 days in prison and will then be deported.

She escaped conviction for inciting hatred and showing contempt for religious beliefs, and will now appeal.

Fucking hell, why? One would have thought that she'd want to get out of that hell-hole as soon as humanly possible.
The Foreign Office has been in contact with Sudan's government overnight and will repeat demands for her release.
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Mrs Gibbons' son added: "I don't want the verdict to lead to any anti feeling towards Muslims."

Well, that's fine; I must admit that I don't really have any "any anti feeling towards Muslims" in general—just the Sudanese Muslims, especially the ones who wanted her to be executed. And to be fair, it's not really "anti feeling": I'd describe it as "contempt".
Foreign Secretary David Miliband has expressed "in the strongest terms" the UK's concern at her detention.

Is it just me, or does "concern" not sound like "the strongest terms"? I tell you what: here's what strong terms look like...
"Dear Sudanese state barbarians,

"In Britain, we have a tradition of protecting our citizens (rather than murdering them using deniable militias); indeed, we have mounted monumentally expensive expeditions for the sole purpose of doing just that. So here's the beef...

"Let our countrywoman go, right fucking now, or we will immediately cease all aid for the next year. This will cost you about £113 million. There will be no relenting and you can just fucking starve: besides, why the fuck the British taxpayers are spending £5.7 million on Governance Support on your mass-murdering, genocidal junta anyway, I just don't know.

"By the way, you know how we are pulling troops out of Iraq? Well, no one wants to be hasty but there are a hell of a lot of people in Britain clamouring for us to 'do something' about the massacres in Darfur. Just saying is all.

"Now she'd better be on the next flight, or we'll get all 21st century weapons tech on your arse."

And, let's face it, even that could be phrased more bluntly.

Look, there will be many who would argue that Mrs Gibbons has broken the Sudanese law (such as it is) and that she should take her punishment on the chin; after all, she got a lot less than was threatened.

But if we really want to get her home without her having to serve her two weeks in prison, let's not pussy-foot around here. So why am I convinced that Batshit has not used "the strongest terms"...?

8 comments:

Roger Thornhill said...

Next time a Sudanese is convicted of a crime in the UK, how about if we hold them for 2 weeks and then kick them out.

The issue in Sudan is the nut-job law and reaction, threats of whipping and gangs of homes in hi-luxes roaming the streets. 15 days and expulsion is the least of it IMHO.

cygnet said...

If my immediate future was in the hands of David Miliband I'd be very worried indeed....

lahgbr said...

Well of course, looking at the daily atrocities committed worldwide by Muslims listed on the excellent http://www.thereligionofpeace.com/
I suppose we're all expected to be fulsomely grateful at the incredible clemency of the Sudanese at 'only' imprisoning this unfortunate woman in a stinking 3rd world jail for a couple of weeks. As for Milliband and the bunch of useless tossers currently acting as our EU stooges, is anybody the slightest bit surprised at their gutless reaction? Obviously protecting the sensibilities of all those poor Muslims in Britain who might otherwise be forced to rise up for the umpteenth time demanding beheadings, etc. - and even worse might not vote NuLabour at the next election - is far more important than standing up or decency, justice or self-respect. Frankly slime like Milliband and Co. are so devoid of courage or self-respect they'd probably convert to Islam at a moment's notice (despite the specially nasty physical mutilation required for male converts) if they thought it would further their nasty little careers. How long, Oh Lord, how long!?
Mr. Hughes.

Tomrat247 said...

David Milliband takes Ms. Gibbons off the hands of the Sudanese Government on the proviso that her 'crime' will be investigated by the CPS as a "incitement to racial hatred" infringement. A combination of CPS incompetence and lack of sufficient (if any) evidence that a crime was committed will have the case dropped. End of story.

We can bill the Sudanese government via the DFID funds for the cost of bringing this case. Problem solve and a point made, Mr. Milliband.

Sarnia said...

//Gillian Gibbons, 54, from Liverpool, has been sentenced to 15 days in prison and will then be deported.//

15 days in prison is bad enough but deportation to Liverpool is overly harsh...

GATOR said...

Now the Sudanese mobs are calling for her to be shot! What, they solved that little tussle in Darfur?

Look on the bright side: Blasphemy hasn't been so popular since the Inquisition. Everybody's doing it. Have you got what it takes to be a world-class blasphemer? The Bayou's Gator has prepared a little pop quiz to help you judge your SQ (*Sacrilege Quotient). Maybe your readers would like to know!

Just click here to start your test ...

old and angry said...

A little local difficulty....
Get our people out,
then try a couple of well placed Tactical nuclear bombs.

Then re-colonise the place!!

Henry North London said...

http://ie.youtube.com/watch?v=S6aYISHiiXA