If that is your posture, it would proabably behoove you to take what you perceive as Punjabi's advice and "mind your own business" and never go to any country that follows Sharia Law. I can assure you that as a Westerner you would NOT like to be on the receiving end of that "justice".
I am personally not inclined to visit countries that follow Sharia Law, without some over riding rationale. Such as doing buisness there. In which case I would ensure I had a suitable sensitivity training, and restricted my discussions to the business at hand. And, I would likely hire someone intimately familiar with the local customs and Sharia Law interpretations to guide me during my visit. All that after weighing the cost vs. benefit of such a business trip.
For the personal enrichment of such travel, well, the risks far outweigh the benefits and I will therefore not be electing to spend any vacation time in such lands. Strangely, that doesn't even bother me in the slightest.
I wonder why you characterize them as barbs, given that they have been remarked on by many others here in a less than positive way....
I think you take his injections too seriously. Maybe that isn't the best word, but you attach more to them than I do. I actually find most of his comments to be merely a different perspective, at times exaggerated to make a point. Which really is "Butt out!"
Most Westerners, especially in Europe and the United States, mingle with the followers of Sharia law, IN THEIR OWN countries, not by choice.
Rather, the Sharia law followers immigrated to Western countries by THEIR own choice, be it for economic reasons, educational opportunity, or whatever other reasons. Such immigrants have NO RIGHT to put fear of horrible consequences befalling natives of their adopted country if they should fail to follow Islamic/Sharia protocol and politically correct beliefs, as, for example, the unfortunate Theo Van Gogh, in Holland, found out, at the cost of his life...
For Westerners seeking economic opportunity in Islamic countries (the only sane reason I can imagine for them to emigrate there), they would indeed be well advised to learn and adhere to the religious and social and legal precepts ot the Islamic country they are in - if they don't the consequences could be disastrous, even fatal.
First, the cases of nut jobs from the Middle East killing Westerners in their own countries while in the midst of one of their peculiar and unique religious frenzies whipped up at will over a seemingly absurd event deemed a "capital" offense against Islam, are rare. I think more people are killed every day in Western cultures over road rage, or other equally pointless and equally unfortunate and inexplicable events. The issue is not rampant.
The other point is, maybe these people should not be allowed to immigrate to Western countries. The problem is, Westerners invited them to Europe after WWII because there were not enough people, most notably males, to provide the labor Europe's economies needed to rebuild the place after the war. The rules governing these activities are not well thought out, and are not as clear as they are if you want to immigrate to, say, Iran and practice your Jewish faith, or Catholic faith, or your Southern Baptist faith. This is an issue that likely needs to be rethought, debated and re-legislated across Europe and in the United States.
The Gillian Gibbons case mystifies me: why did she not take her altruism to some place LOCAL, such as the council house neighborhood schools in Brixton, in London, or poorer areas of Manchester or Liverpool, where presumably the cultural differences would already have settled?
Was she not familiar with the expression "Charity begins at home?"
The news reports stated that she was unable to even speak the native language in Sudan!!! Could it be that she sought some sort of fame in Sudan she could not getin the UK? Noblesse Oblige, perhaps? Who can say? Only Mrs Gibbons.....
Seems to me to be equally inexplicable. Why force your way into a situation to "help" someone who so obviously doesn't want your help? I can only suspect it was the same motivation that drives missionaries. Which is a high risk job in an Islamic nation.
If Punjabi is saying "Westerners should stay out of Sharia countries and mind their own business", in that regard, I would concur with him.
However, he remains unquestionably, a troll.
I surely agree with my interpretation of what he is saying. I would not even do business with them using money - I would trade goods for goods (food, medicine, machinery, services, etc. for oil, for example). I don't like what they do with the money they have acquired in trade with us, and I don't really think many of the citizens find it of any value either. Jim