In a surprising justification of Islamist terrorism, Malaysia’s former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad stated on Thursday that Muslims have a “proper to be indignant and to kill hundreds of thousands of French individuals”. Only a few hours after one other French particular person was beheaded by an “Allah hu Akbar” sloganeering terrorist in France, Mahathir in a collection of tweets strongly justified the violent response of Muslims to the Charlie Hebdo caricatures of Prophet Mohammad.
“A instructor in France had his throat slit by an 18-year-old Chechen boy. The killer was angered by the instructor exhibiting a caricature of Prophet Muhammad. The instructor supposed to show freedom of expression. The killing will not be an act that as a Muslim I might approve. However whereas I imagine within the freedom of expression, I don’t suppose it contains insulting different individuals. You can not go as much as a person and curse him merely since you imagine in freedom of speech,” Mahathir tweeted, drawing large assist from many from the neighborhood on the social media platform.
Lashing out at French President Emmanuel Macron, who has declared that France will battle radical Islam, Mahathir tweeted, “Macron will not be exhibiting that he’s civilised. He’s very primitive in blaming the faith of Islam and Muslims for the killing of the insulting college instructor. It isn’t consistent with the teachings of Islam. However no matter the faith professed, indignant individuals kill. The French in the middle of their historical past has killed hundreds of thousands of individuals. Many had been Muslims.”
“Muslims have a proper to be indignant and to kill hundreds of thousands of French individuals for the massacres of the previous,” he tweeted, triggering a world-wide debate on Islamic fundamentalism.
Mahathir then went on to assert, “However by and huge the Muslims haven’t utilized the ‘eye for a watch’ regulation. Muslims do not. The French should not. As an alternative the French ought to educate their individuals to respect different individuals’s emotions.”
The previous Prime Minister of Malaysia warned France, “Since you’ve blamed all Muslims and the Muslims’ faith for what was completed by one indignant particular person, the Muslims have a proper to punish the French. The boycott can’t compensate the wrongs dedicated by the French all these years.”
In the remainder of his Twitter thread, he expressed disdain for the Western tradition. “We regularly copy the methods of the West. We gown like them, we undertake their political methods, even a few of their unusual practices. However we have now our personal values, completely different as between races and religions, which we have to maintain,” Mahathir wrote.
The gown code of European ladies at one time was severely restrictive, he wrote.
“Aside from the face, no a part of the physique was uncovered. However over time, an increasing number of components of the physique are uncovered. In the present day a bit string covers probably the most secret place, that is all. Actually, many within the west are completely bare when on sure seashores. The West accepts this as regular,” he added.
Mahathir additionally took a dig at Christians, saying, “Typically, the west not adheres to their very own faith. They’re Christians in title solely.”