Sunday, September 5, 2010

For Pete's Sake

Elin Maria Pernilla Nordegren, a Swedish model and the ex-wife
of Tiger Woods encashed on her insecurity. (Cartoon By Mike
Lester,The Rome News-Tribune - 6/30/2010 12.00:00 AM;
©Copyright 2010 Mike Lester.). Click for larger image.

Iran in Stone Age

On the Islamic side of the world, in Iran, courts reopened a 2005 adultery case of Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani. After the trial, it was decided that Sakineh would be stoned to death for her 'crime'.
This would have been just another case of Desert Bloc justice, till the French First Lady, Carla Bruni sprang to the 'defence' of this 'victim'. The case become more high profile, after Brazil's President, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, offered asylum to Sakineh - which Iran rejected.

Iran has reportedly sentenced Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani – the 43-year-old Iranian woman who faces execution after being convicted of adultery – to 99 lashes in prison for "spreading corruption and indecency" after allowing an unveiled picture of herself to be published in a British newspaper.
The claim, which could not be confirmed, comes from her family and a lawyer representing Mohammadi Ashtiani, based on reports from those who have recently left the prison in Tabriz where she has been held for the last four years. (via Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani to be lashed over newspaper photograph | World news |

The "Free' Press had a gala time with a 'free' victim.
Cartoon by Joe Heller, Green Bay Press-Gazette -
4/16/2010 12.00.00 AM. Click for larger image."

On the other side

In the USA, over the last 12 months, we have a modern-day spectacle - The Hounding of Tiger Woods.
His crime?
Tiger Woods had sex with willing women. With a lot of willing women. No pedophilia, no rape or forced sex, no violence.
Just simple sex.
OK. May not be simple sex. Maybe in complicated 'kamasutra' positions, in unusual locations, with varied partners. But does all this, change the issue. Make it any different.
Guys, he just had sex.
Nothing more than sex. How can consensual sex be a sin, immoral, crime, shameful, and all that baggage of guilt? If there is an injured party, I can only see Tiger. All those willing and able women quite 'enjoyed' both the kissing, and the telling. Not to forget the money they made for both the kissing and the telling!

Mebbe ...

Coming from the land of kamasutra, where काम kaam (desire, including sexual) is my right, probably I am under-developed. Maybe these advanced, monotheistic Desert Bloc religions and societies are more advanced than the primitive culture I am from! Maybe, the social system of भारत-तंत्र Bharat-tantra has 'corrupted' me.

What exactly is it that Tiger Woods did? Cartoon by Mike Smith
from the Las Vegas Sun.

Who can object

Not Elin Nordegren.
She made US$400 million (or is it US$500 /600 /750 /1000). For her insecurity. That Tiger may abandon her and the children, while he is chasing all these women. A fear that is fair and legitimate. For a mother to two of Tiger's children.
Not a bad deal. Or is there something more? Am I missing something?

What's the difference

I really don't see a difference between Iran's stoning of Sakineh and the American stoning of Tiger Woods.
Except that the stones are different. The US and world media has tried to kill Tiger with stones made of words, ill-will and smear, imputations, cans of tar and brushes. All of them, ganged up, against one man. One lonely man.
Just because a married man had sex with a few women!

Did the world have to hound him for having sex? Cartoon
by Christo Komarnitski, Bulgaria - 4/9/2010 12.00.00 AM

Now Iran is doing much the same thing. The stones in Iran are different.
The Western world has made Desert Bloc ideals of shariat into Liberal-Christian dogma. Although the West has become 'educated', 'advanced', 'developed', 'civilized', rich - they have not given up. Stoning people.
God knows, Jesus tried.