Thursday, March 3, 2011
SHAHBAZ BHATTI MURDER, INTOLERANT PAKISTAN CONTINUES TO KILL CHRISTIANS!
Icheoku asks when will Western Christian civilization finally answer the Islamic world's challenge for the crash of civilizations? When will the Western world stop observing the biblical '70 times 70' injunction turning the other cheek, when their way of life and religious beliefs are constantly being attacked each day by the Islamic world? When will Westerners begin to also "assassinate infidels non-Christians", who are living amongst them and openly practicing their religion and worshiping according to their beliefs? When will Western Christian civilization start to enact and enforce their own blasphemy laws, making it a "death-penalty offense by stoning" to say anything against Jesus Christ, the Papacy or even Christianity?
These questions have become imperative, eliciting immediate answers, in view of the latest dastardly murder in Islamabad, of the only Christian serving in the government of Pakistan, Shahbaz Bhatti, the Minorities Affairs Minister. Icheoku says Bhatti's murder was made more gruesome as it took place just within the driveway of his mother's house, whom he had just visited and was leaving for a government meeting when three assassins laying in wait, emptied their high velocity bullets into him shattering his car's windows and piercing its body. The result, another high profile murder of a Christian government official, following shortly in the heels of the murder of the governor of Penshawar, Salman Taseer just a few short weeks ago. Icheoku asks when will enough be enough with these senseless killings going on unabated in Pakistan as it continuously seems like the government is either not doing enough to stem it or are indifferent to the plight of minorities in Pakistan, being too afraid to confront those Islamic extremists.
The other mind-boggling question with this latest assassination is that it could have been prevented were the government in Islamabad proactive enough and functional; afterall there were several threats preceding the assassination and the slain official even requested for bullet-proof vehicle which was never honored? So any investigating process into the murder must include ferreting an answer to why a bullet-proof vehicle was not provided to the slain official when it was requested, the security imperative considered. Also who tipped off those assassins on Bhatti's movement and his where-about at the time they struck or was it his driver this time? Icheoku is aware that the government of Asif Ali Zardari is very weak and that they are not completely in charge in Pakistan; but for them not to do something about the situation in Pakistan is to embolden these fanatics who will stop at nothing but to continue to terrorize the people of Pakistan, killing and maiming them at their whim. Icheoku asks whatever happened to reciprocity such that whenever these animals kill someone for insulting Islam, some other people could also kill some of them for also insulting Christianity or the pope?
The 42 year old Roman Catholic Bhatti seem to have foreseen his death; but said in a prerecorded video that he was not afraid of those terrorists trying to silence everyone. According to him, he was ready to die for his beliefs and principles that religious minorities in Pakistan should be free to practice their beliefs just like in other civilized societies of the world. Strangely enough, they got him as al-Querida and Pakistan Taliban have since claimed responsibility for the killing of the "infidel Christian?"
Further is it a safe argument to make that Shahbaz Bhatti "deliberately" brought about his end by asking his police and paramilitary guards not to accompany him as he visited his aging widowed mother? Except that it could also be argued that Bhatti possibly got spooked by security guards when a guard assigned to the slain governor of Penshawar Taseer was the one who killed the man he was supposed to protect? Icheoku hopes that Shahbaz Bhatti's killing will not finally make it possible for "the Taliban to impose their radical philosophy on Pakistan and threaten or kill whoever stands against their radical philosophy" as predicted by the now slain minister. May the religious soul of Shahbaz Bhatti now rest in peace with the Lord as does every soul that dies in the Lord. Shahbaz Bhatti has fought the good fight and died heads-high, holding his beliefs in tact. He did not cower in the face of deadly threats nor tried to deny Jesus like Peter but he stood up straight like a real man proclaiming salvation in Christ. Icheoku says may all those other believers and peoples of faith coming after him, have the courage to continue the fight for freedom of all those oppressed religious minorities of Pakistan. Adieu Bhatti.