Tuesday, July 26, 2005


Last night I watched this BBC programme on the internet and al-qaeda. This should not come as a shock to anyone but there is an irony in the internet, initially funded by DARPA at the Pentagon, being used as a tool in a war against the very secular enlightenment values that founded it.

That aside, there is something inherently distasteful about the gloating nature of many of the websites that show videos of mutilations, bombings and beheadings.

The programme challenges the webmaster Mohammed Al-Massari, who runs a website from his home in London and sees nothing wrong with such images being shown on his site.

As "Islam is a peaceful religion" and Al-Massari is glorifying death and destruction does not that make Al-Massari someone who has turned against Islam and therefore an apostate?

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