Fanatical Frenzy "Erupts" Over Jailing of "Daughter of the Nation"

Aafia Siddiqui, a Pakistani woman  trained as a scientist in the U.S. was sentenced to 86 years in prison Thursday after she was convicted of trying to kill U.S. Army soldiers and FBI agents in Afghanistan two years ago. (WSJ)

As ever, “eruptions” are awfully easy to come by there. An update on this story. “Pakistan erupts over jailing of scientist Aafia Siddiqui,” from Agence France-Presse, September 24 (thanks to JW):

Pakistani police used tear gas to disperse protesters who shouted “Death to America” in outrage after a US court jailed a woman scientist for 86 years for attempting to murder US officers.

In a case that has been condemned across the nuclear-armed Muslim nation of 167 million, the government said it would petition Washington to secure the mother of three’s repatriation on humanitarian grounds.

A New York court found Aafia Siddiqui, the once brilliant scientist dubbed “Lady Qaeda” by the US tabloids, guilty of the attempted murder of US military officers in Afghanistan in 2008 – five years after she disappeared.

In Karachi, Siddiqui’s home town and Pakistan’s largest city, police fired tear gas shells to prevent scores of people from marching on the US consulate at the behest of the youth wing of Islamist party Jamaat-e-Islami (JI).

Paki protesters burn effigies of U.S. President Hussein Obama (R) and former Paki President Pervez Musharraf, during a protest in Multan, September 24, 2010, to condemn the verdict against Aafia Siddiqui. A U.S. judge imposed an effective life term of 86 years on Thursday on Pakistani neuroscientist Siddiqui convicted of shooting at FBI agents and soldiers after her arrest in Afghanistan.

The protesters shouted “Death to America”, “Allahu akbar” (God is greater),“Free Aafia Siddiqui” and “Down with the US system of justice”.

The last one — that’s ultimately what it’s all about, isn’t it?

Hundreds more took to the streets in Pakistan’s second largest city of Lahore. Cricket hero-turned-politician Imran Khan led a rally to condemn the verdict as “unethical and inhuman”, an AFP reporter said.

They condemned President Asif Ali Zardari and Khan, who heads the party Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (Pakistan Movement for Justice), warned that the verdict could fan anti-Americanism across Pakistan and the Muslim world.

Hundreds more rallied under the auspices of the JI in Lahore, shouting “Go America Go, Free Aafia Siddiqui”.

“The judgement against Siddiqui is based on anti-Muslim policy of the US,” said Liaqat Baluch, the senior JI leader who led the rally.

In Islamabad, police stopped dozens of Islamic students from marching on the US embassy to hand over a protest note. The crowd shouted “Crush America”,“Siddiqui is our sister” and “We will bring her back”.

Dozens of lawyers and activists blocked traffic in the central city of Multan, shouting “Down with America” and setting fire to an effigy of President Barack Obama and former Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf, an AFPreporter said….

Fanatical Frenzy Watch

Angry Afghan Mob torches US embassy vehicles after deadly crash in Kabul

People gathered around the crash site to see what happened, got angry and started attacking the foreigners.”

Rioters in the Afghan capital have set fire to two US embassy vehicles shouting “death to America” after one of the SUVs collided with a civilian car killing a number of passengers, officials and witnesses have said.  (RAWA News)

Pakistan: 5 Christians shot to death coming out of church following threats from “banned” jihadist groups

Of course, given Pakistan’s ongoing double game, there is always the question of whether the groups are banned as in “banned,” or banned as in “just lay low for a bit or consider changing your name.”

“Suspected Islamists Shoot Five Christians to Death in Pakistan,” from Compass Direct News

Rumors of Koran Desecration Causes Instant Fanatical Frenzy in Afghanistan…

“Muslims were disrespected! The foreigners shot the Koran, and then they burned it. They should be tried for this.”

Once again we see rage and fury over a rumor. “Afghans protest rumored desecration of Koran by U.S. troops,” by Laura King in the Los Angeles Times, October 25 (thanks to Pamela via Jihad Watch):

Obama effigy burning: Afghan police open fire after protesters burn effigy of Barack Obama

Burn Obambi, burn…. “Students”   burn an effigy of President Barack Obama in protest at American troops allegedly desecrating a copy of the Koran

Hundreds of angry protesters in Afghanistan’s capital today burned an effigy of President Obama, acting on rumors that American troops had desecrated the Koran.

Afghan police opened fire to disperse up to 1,000 protesters in Kabul on Sunday after they burned an effigy of President Barack Obama in protest at American troops allegedly desecrating a copy of the Koran. Telegraph UK

U.S. military officials emphatically denied that any copies of the Muslim holy book had been mishandled, and accused the Taliban of spreading falsehoods to incite hatred against Western forces….

And while it is perfectly reasonable and understandable that the military would issue such denials, it also serves to validate the ridiculous and dangerous assumption that it is perfectly legitimate to go beserk if a Koran were desecrated.

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