It can happen to you II

It can happen to you II

: My friend Hossein Derakhshan, the pioneering Iranian blogger, reveals that he is under death threat:

U.S. election aside, hot topic of the last couple of weeks in Persian blogosphere has been a blog called “Islamic Army” in which its anonymous author has threaten a big list of Iranian blogger for their “insults” to Allah, Prophet Mohammad and other Shia Imams….

They now have picked particular posts from my Persian blog, in which they think I’ve insulted the God, and other sacred concepts of Islam and therefore, quoting from a Quranic verse, I deserve to be killed….

I never took them seriously before, but this time I’m a bit concerned, because they seem to be a different group who have possibly liked the original blog and have tried to adopt their message and to prepare enough evidence for the original claims, at least about me….

This is real and it is frightening.

See the tragedy of Theo Van Gogh, murdered because he dared to criticize Muslims.

It can happen to Van Gogh. It can happen to Hoder. It can happen to anyone. Even you.

: Hoder writes this, ironically, on the fourth anniversary of the vibrant, revolutionary Persian blogosphere.

: I spent more than an hour last night watching the vlogs of Theo Van Gogh. I don’t speak Dutch. Doesn’t matter. What I see here is a charming, liked, funny man full of life and talent. And he is gone because he dared criticize Muslims.

Imagine if Jon Stewart were gunned down because of a skit or Jay Leno because of a joke. That is what happened here. It is an atrocity. And it didn’t happen in Iraq. It happened in Amsterdam.

It could happen here.

: This sounds familiar:

Deputy Prime Minister Gerrit Zalm, announcing a review of security after a government meeting on Friday, spoke of