Monday, August 01, 2005

Extremist Pakistan cleric barred from UAE

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has barred a militant Pakistani cleric from entry into the country. In an unusual move, UAE authorities detained Maulana Fazlur Rehman at the Dubai International Airport as he arrived for a visit and some no doubt hardline preaching. He is expected to be deported. Rehman is an opposition leader in Pakistan and an avid supporter of the defunct Taliban in Afghanistan.

Maybe, at long last, the Arabs are beginning to get a bellyful of these merciless preachers of hate. One would hope that these moves to isolate their countries from outside agitators would be followed by moves to clean up their interiors. The decision by Pakistan's Musharraf last week to expel some 1400 foreign students from his country's extremist madrassas (Islamic schools) was an attempt to slow down or stop the export of hate and jihadism from within his own country. His next step, one would surmise, would be to begin tightening a vise on the schools themselves and the Imams who run them, at least until he is assassinated.

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