Angry Muslims? There’s just one of them

In the West, when people want to make a political point and speak truth to power, they know that nothing says we-mean-business quite like a giant paper mache head. But, if the television footage is to be believed, Muslims in the Muslim world do things a little bit differently: it’s rage, rage, rage and, if they are really angry, rage.

But, how many angry Muslims are there really in these protests?

Well, even Christopher Hitchens doesn’t believe there are too many of them:

I have actually seen some of these demonstrations, most recently in Islamabad, and all I would do if I were a news editor is ask my camera team to take several steps back from the shot. We could then see a few dozen gesticulating men (very few women for some reason), their mustaches writhing as they scatter lighter fluid on a book or a flag or a hastily made effigy. Around them, a two-deep encirclement of camera crews. When the lights are turned off, the little gang disperses. And you may have noticed that the camera is always steady and in close-up on the flames, which it wouldn’t be if there was a big, surging mob involved.

In fact, there are so few of them that one familiar face — like the legendary Green Helmet Guy — keeps showing up in the protest footage each time around.

According to the caption that was assigned to this photo, the man in this picture is a”Kashmiri protester” shouting “pro-Pakistan slogans” at a funeral procession held near Srinigar on June 19th, 2007.

Here he is again. This time demonstrating against Pope Benedict on September 15th, 2006:

Here he is in February 2007 protesting against Israel, September 2006 protesting the execution of a prisoner by Indian authorities, and here he is protesting against the Danish cartoons.

And finally here he is participating in a protest against the knighthood awarded to Salman Rushdie last week.

9 comments ↓

#1 gess on 06.30.07 at 5:04 am

LOL! :lol: :D :lol:

that was so funny!

#2 Shadower on 06.30.07 at 5:11 am

At this rate this guy is going to get a hernia.

#3 pomi omie on 06.30.07 at 7:39 am

I will be raggin too, for having that thing under his chin…he is right to be mad !

salams

#4 Yusuf Smith on 06.30.07 at 7:08 pm

As-Salaamu ‘alaikum,

That’s what we always said about the angry demos in the UK: it’s always the same small group of people, basically a rump of Omar Bakri’s old rabble, with possibly a few hangers-on.

#5 Matt Stone on 06.30.07 at 11:05 pm

You’ve gotta give him a name! Hernia Man works for me :-) Great post. I’m gonna link you over at http://mattstone.blogs.com.

#6 Baybers on 07.01.07 at 7:59 am

Amir,

I will raise your rage-boy with my iboy

http://www.theage.com.au/ffxim.....e111,0.jpg

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/06.....ref=slogin

#7 Baybers on 07.01.07 at 8:35 am

I suppose that whilst we can lampoon this chap in Kashmir, at least his public expression is in defence of other peoples rights (misguided or not) rather than iboy, who probably has not considered life beyond his own existence as defined by the accumulation of trinkets.

One can choose ones vices, and I would like to think that I would be able advocate on behalf of those who cannot, rather than humiliate myself by parading my narcissism to the entire world.

#8 Abu Shaheedah on 07.01.07 at 4:00 pm

A tad too convenient, me thinks.

#9 Cinna on 07.01.07 at 8:03 pm

So there’s Sidi bin Bonkers but where’s Doris?

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