Danse macabre

These three dancing Spidermen (Scripting News):

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… reminded me of the trio of Batmen in Jan Mohammad’s 1990 Lollywood hunt-the-Salman epic, International Gorillay, which was shown on British television after Mr Rushdie asked the censors to lift their ban. Omar Khan’s review tells us:

Rushdie is leading the assault on Islam with his Satanic Verses and is targeting Pakistan (the “fortress” of modern day Islam) because once mighty Pakistan is dealt with, the rest of the Islamic world will hardly stand a chance. Rushdie plans to drive the final nails into the coffin of Islam by opening a new chain of Casino’s and Disco’s spreading contemptable vice and debauchery. Mustafa Qureshi, hen pecked to death by his demented wife, decides to call it a day with his day job at the Police station and induct his unemployed brothers to create a Mujahid (God’s soldiers) trio whose sole aim is to seek out and destroy the despised Salman Rushdie before he manages to destory all virtue and decency on the planet. The trio have a personal axe to grind as their beloved family cherub was recently slaughtered by Rushdie’s men while protesting Satanic Verses.

Ah, how we laughed!

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I rate as zero the chance that the police will be able to lay any serious charges on the ten “Pakistanis” arrested here yesterday in possession of some pirate DVDs and amid wild allegations about Islamic terrorism, and I’m pretty sure that they’ll be held for a while to stop the police looking stupid and then charged with minor offences and released. I bumped into a senior policeman a couple of weeks back and suggested in my typically tactless fashion that it might be a good idea to cultivate the various communities and to train the police in operating in a non-Catalan/Spanish milieu, partly with a view to being able to counter the accusations of torture and murder now being thrown at them by Maghrebi communities. “Rubbish,” he said, “these people are living in our country and they have to obey our laws on our terms, full stop.” It’s going to be a while before intelligence-based policing takes any serious hold here.
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