“They should be stopped” – yes, right. Burn them, why don’t you.
Published: September 14, 2012 at 12:49pm
In Christian Peregin’s story in The Times today, about the ‘Mohammed film’ chaos, there is this telling line:
To make matters worse, the protesters are used to living in countries where censorship is the order of the day so they believe any media must have been approved by a government body.
Isn’t that just like the responses of so many Maltese people to seeing things written or performed which they don’t like or consider offensive?
Same sort of cultural heritage, I’m afraid.
And to make matters even more irritating, we install lecturers who think like this (see below – another excerpt from the same article) in our university.
The name, of course, is not a coincidence. He, too, comes from a cultural heritage where state censorship is the norm. Is that the right attitude for a university lecturer in a democratic country?
How exactly does Arsalan Alshinawi think that that a democratic country – the United States of America – can stop the production of a film, even if it were to be crazy enough to undermine its own Constitution by trying to do so?
Arrest the producer, like they do in the Middle East, China, North Africa and occasionally, Malta?
And Alshinawi’s remarks about the United States deliberately seeking to provoke violence so as to have an excuse to attack are just shocking.
If I had his attitude, I would say that he should be stopped before he brings the University of Malta into further disrepute. What is the university doing, anyway – scraping the bottom of the barrel for lecturers?
The University of Malta must be insane if these are the attitudes it wants imparted to its international relations students. It’s bad enough that we have lawyers graduating who can’t write or think, and architects with absolutely no sense of aesthetics.
Now we’re going to have IR graduates who think that the US uses amateur film-makers to provoke violence among crazed fundamentalists, so that it can attack their countries.
Many have accused the film-makers of deliberately seeking a reaction like the one delivered.
Arsalan Alshinawi, International Relations lecturer at the University of Malta, told The Times the film’s sole intention was to provoke enough violence to give the US an excuse to attack Iran.
He said the film should not have been allowed because it crossed a sensitive taboo in the most senseless manner.