(don’t) Love thy neighbour…
The Lord calls it “feebleminded, vacuous” and “lunatic”.
But he is being too kind to the insufferable drivel.
As such, the farcical post (where it has taken 30 comments for someone to point out the bleeding obvious lack of clothes on the emperor) does not deserve a full fisking, but this one particular line of idiocy merits a brief analysis:
Will we ever be able to think of Pakistanis as our friends, considering that we have been slowly brain-washed to think otherwise? (emphasis mine)
Short answer: Yes most of us can, especially if you aren’t daft.
But I also wonder if she meant:
(a) all Pakistanis – the military, the militants, the ISI included – are absolute innocents, and to view anyone from Pakistan with suspicion is solely the result of political brainwashing (on a scale that would make Goebbels proud) and not incidents such as December 13th, Varanasi, Mumbai or Jaipur;
(b) if she is totally incapable of using simple common sense that dictates a person should be judged by their immediately visible attributes, without pre-conditioned prejudices, especially in the light of the good Samaritan action of the said gentleman.
Either way, the mind boggles at the provincialism of the attitude.
PS: In the vein of the above statement, I wonder if I one could ask the following:
Can we ever think of Americans as anything other than oil-hungry war-mongers incapable of proper pronunciations?
Can we ever think that Indian males are capable of professing love in any manner other than singing and dancing around trees?
Can we ever think of Bongs as anything other than lazy, pretentiously intellectual, communist?
PS2: The post did remind me of our fierce encounters with the Pakistani students on the cricket field during graduate school days in upstate New York (incidentally, we had a Pakistani guy playing for us) – eminently enjoyable stories. But that’s for another day.