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The exploited Maldives 'celebrants' are the victims here, not the Swiss couple
al-Guardian ^ | 10/29/10 | William Sutcliffe

Posted on 10/29/2010 2:56:56 PM PDT by Enchante

"The Swiss couple who recently renewed their marriage vows in a Maldives beach ceremony can scarcely have expected the shaky handheld video of the ceremony to turn them into temporary celebrities, but thanks to YouTube, and the addition of subtitles, this is exactly what has happened.... Despite the grovelling apology issued by the Maldivian authorities, the victims in this story are not the Swiss couple but the "celebrants" who have now been arrested, and the thousands of other Maldivians who will doubtless be under harsher pressure to bite their tongues and keep smiling over the cocktails."

(Excerpt) Read more at guardian.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: islam; maldives; muslims; newage
Author makes a good point (which I assume most FReepers would agree with) about the absurdity of westerners jetting off to remote locales to hold New-agish "wedding" or "renewal of vows" ceremonies with chants in languages they don't even understand.

Then he has to ruin the piece with the usual al-Guardian diatribe about poor exploited victims.....

Mr. Sutcliffe, whatever one thinks of the wages of hotel employees in the Maldives, they probably hold the best jobs they could get or ever will get. The idea that they are so exploited that they are the true victims in making a mockery of this couple is silly propaganda, just what we can expect from the infantile left at al-Guardian.

1 posted on 10/29/2010 2:57:01 PM PDT by Enchante
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To: All

The story is trivial except that it is so emblematic of much that is wrong with both millions of foolish westerners who think as this couple does (did?) and millions more who think like the writer of this piece in al-Guardian.

Swiss couple: Go to an all-Muslim land to have a “sacred” ???? renewal of marriage vows, and be surprised that the locals so despise you that they are happy to make a total sham out of your little ceremony?

author: write that the “real” victims are the poor exploited locals who were just forced to be this way by the evils of capitalism? Maybe you should have thought to blame George W. Bush for this!


2 posted on 10/29/2010 3:00:36 PM PDT by Enchante (De-fund the agitprop twits of NPR, PBS, and CPB now!!)
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To: Enchante

There are no “victims” here at all. The Swiss couple are just EuroTrash. The Maldivian’s are just disingenuous versions of trailer trash.

There’s a lot of trash to be seen in that video. I feel sorry for none of them.


3 posted on 10/29/2010 3:11:03 PM PDT by Artemis Webb
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To: Enchante

Nonsense.


4 posted on 10/29/2010 3:13:07 PM PDT by Psycho_Bunny (Hail To The Fail-In-Chief)
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To: Enchante
Would high wages make the hired help in the Maldives more appreciative of infidel Western tourists? I think not.

Western affluence, freedom, and superior level of development deeply offend Islam's embedded sense of superiority. If you believe that Allah has given the world to you and your faith, resentment is inevitable when vastly better off Western tourists arrive and your poverty requires you to serve them.

5 posted on 10/29/2010 3:18:12 PM PDT by Rockingham
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To: Enchante

Well, that thing about a chicken’s ass was still good advice.


6 posted on 10/29/2010 3:18:15 PM PDT by Krankor (I can't see me loving nobody but you- for all my life.)
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To: Krankor

Well, that thing about a chicken’s ass was still good advice.
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hahaha Most excellent!


7 posted on 10/29/2010 3:26:26 PM PDT by Irenic
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To: Enchante
I've little sympathy for anyone involved. The Swiss couple were foolish for having their (no doubt) expensive wedding vow renewal ceremony performed by locals in a language they couldn't understand (not very romantic) and the locals who basically cursed and mocked the Swiss couple were downright nasty. That the locals don't make much money is no excuse for this.

The Maldives are a cluster of remote dots on the Indian ocean and if you're a native and chose to remain there, for whatever reason, you've basically guaranteed that you probably won't ever be affluent. The foreigners that travel to these places in search of some kind of 'mystic' aura are just ridiculous. That Maldive natives not only view them that way but have such contempt for foreigners that are supplying the money that provides their jobs in the hotel industry that they would risk getting caught cursing and mocking them while pretending to conduct some kind of re-marriage ceremony is despicable.

So, the Swiss couple are humiliated (worldwide, now) and the local will no doubt receive a lashing and suffer job loss. I'm not a fan of lashing people but I can hardly get too sympathetic for that guy, either.

8 posted on 10/29/2010 3:50:25 PM PDT by Jim Scott (Cautious optimist)
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To: Artemis Webb

Is there a link to the video?


9 posted on 10/29/2010 4:12:36 PM PDT by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's "Economics In One Lesson.")
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To: Enchante

Foreign couple mocked as “infidels” and “swine” throughout resort’s ‘wedding

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JpGWrDPSIVw&feature=related

They asked for it.


10 posted on 10/29/2010 4:15:03 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This post is not a statement of fact. It is merely a personal opinion -- or humor -- or both.)
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To: Enchante

You’re right, mostly.

But New-Agish weirdness or not, this couple paid their money in good faith and should not be disrespected by the wait staff. Silly as the couple is, they chose that place among all others to use as a place of honor, according to their perception. If the staff and locals want to laugh at them among themselves in private, more power to them.

Perhaps they won’t mind a little less butter on their bread if they decide to do it on YouTube.

Look at what happened to Aruba, lol: one of the natural laws of economics is the directive to not bite the hand that feeds you. Another of the natural laws of economics is that he who pays the piper calls the tune.


11 posted on 10/29/2010 4:15:03 PM PDT by chilltherats (First, kill all the lawyers (now that they ARE the tyrants)....... would step ince 2006,up)
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To: Jim Scott

I’ve been to my share of ‘destination weddings’ in the Caribbean and Mexico and the cheap gazebos and white cotton bunting aren’t enough to distract me from the dirty looks and smartass comments of the locals. It’s a shame because the scenery IS nice but diving straight into the Third World will only get you resentment (or worse) for your time, money and trouble.

American weddings stateside are chock full of tacky traditions but the beach wedding is quickly catching up on the annoyance charts from the peasant-style bridal dress to all the rolled-up cuffs and bare feet. The expense and showiness of it all belie the ‘simplicity’ couples claim to want.


12 posted on 10/29/2010 4:20:18 PM PDT by relictele (Me lumen vos umbra regit)
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To: Enchante

It’s nice to know douchebaggery is universal.


13 posted on 10/29/2010 4:27:24 PM PDT by lazypadawan
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To: Enchante

I was going to comment, but then I read yours and thought, hmm, nothing much to add. You nailed it!


14 posted on 10/29/2010 4:27:32 PM PDT by piytar (There is evil. There is no such thing as moderate evil. Never forget.)
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To: Enchante

The parts where they sprinkle your food with their feces, mix urine in your drinks and spit in your soup (ala Jesse Jackson) never seem to make it into the videos.

If you let a muslim touch your food or drink you are placing your health and your life at risk.

Any westerner or Christian who places themselves at the mercy of muslims is just asking to be poisoned, ridiculed, ripped off or much worse.


15 posted on 10/29/2010 4:33:10 PM PDT by Iron Munro (This is our culture; fight for it. This is our flag; pick it up. This is our country; take it back.)
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To: Enchante

Why would anyone even expose themselves to that culture? It must have cost a ton to fly there...

I’m sorry, but I think it is entertaining; here in the NYC area, our cabbies were routinely ripping off tourists. I guess they just have a low-tech version of the game in the middle of some dung-heap in the Indian Ocean.


16 posted on 10/29/2010 5:29:13 PM PDT by kearnyirish2
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To: BenLurkin

“They asked for it.”

I completely agree with you; let them flame away...


17 posted on 10/29/2010 5:30:41 PM PDT by kearnyirish2
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To: Enchante

Brings new meaning to the maxim, there’s no place like home.


18 posted on 10/29/2010 9:25:55 PM PDT by Ciexyz
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To: Enchante

Interesting ...


19 posted on 10/29/2010 10:29:07 PM PDT by LowOiL (In Limbo)
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To: Enchante
>p>All I can think of is the Monty Python sketch titled "Dirty Hungarian Phrasebook", where the visiting Hungarian is using a wrongly translated phrasebook, upsetting everyone he comes in contact with.

"My hovercraft is full of eels" is probably the cleanest phrase repeatable here.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G6D1YI-41ao

20 posted on 10/30/2010 12:26:40 AM PDT by mountainbunny
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To: kearnyirish2; BenLurkin

re: “they asked for it”

This is not a flame, I agree at least that they are dim-witted Eurotards, but just b/c people open themselves up to easy crime or victimization does not make what’s done to them any less wrong.

Sure, you have to be a special kind of New Age idiot to entrust your “sacred renewal of vows” to Muslims speaking a language you don’t understand. But that does not make it any less contemptible that the a-clowns in the video treated this couple as they did. It might, however, make the experience educational, if only some libtards around the world can learn something from this episode.


21 posted on 10/30/2010 12:52:54 AM PDT by Enchante (De-fund the agitprop twits of NPR, PBS, and CPB now!!)
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To: Enchante

I guess we have different senses of humor; for me one of the all-time funniest movie scenes was in “European Vacation”, where the Griswold family is at the cafe in Paris. Clark has his gadget that’s supposed to translate, and he’s trying to speak the little French he knows, and the whole time the French waiter is abusing him in French: when Clark orders Cokes for the kids, the waiter says “Coca Cola? Ah, champagne American!”. He proceeds to tell them they wouldn’t know the difference between wine and dishwater, comments on his young daughter’s breasts, and ends by saying “Go f%&# yourself”...smiling the whole time!


22 posted on 10/30/2010 6:54:32 AM PDT by kearnyirish2
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To: Enchante

For some reason I thought the Maldives were Buddhist (I think it was from some Thor Heyerdal book); they were somewhat cut off from other Asians by the rise of Hinduism & Islam, if I recall correctly. I guess not; maybe it was another island group in the Indian Ocean.


23 posted on 10/30/2010 7:00:11 AM PDT by kearnyirish2
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To: Enchante
I liked this one from the comments section-

Genius William. You manged the entire article without mentioning what the fuss was really about. Religious hatred. It wasn't 'Orientals' mocking the middle class in a search for cod spiritualism. It was Muslim low paid, probably exploited, workers despising the 'infidels and swine' they were forced to deal with. Funny you didn't mention that. Can't think why.

24 posted on 10/30/2010 11:17:22 AM PDT by GATOR NAVY ("The bigger the government, the smaller the citizen." -Dennis Prager)
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To: kearnyirish2
apparently Buddhism was the local religion for more than a millenium, until Islam took over (from Wikipedia):

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Buddhism became the dominant religion in the Maldives and enjoyed royal patronage for many centuries, probably as long as over one thousand and four hundred years. Practically all archaeological remains in the Maldives are from Buddhist stupas and monasteries, and all artifacts found to date display characteristic Buddhist iconography. Buddhist (and Hindu) temples were Mandala shaped, they are oriented according to the four cardinal points, the main gate being towards the east. Even today, many mosques in Maldives face the sun and not Mecca. Since building space and materials were scarce, Maldivians constructed their places of worship on the foundations of previous buildings.

The ancient Buddhist stupas are called "havitta", "hatteli" or "ustubu" by the Maldivians according to the different atolls. These stupas and other archaeological remains, like foundations of Buddhist buildings Vihara, compound walls and stone baths, are found on many islands of the Maldives. They usually lie buried under mounds of sand and covered by vegetation. Local historian Hassan Ahmed Maniku counted as many as 59 islands with Buddhist archaeological sites in a provisional list he published in 1990. The largest monuments of the Buddhist era are in the islands fringing the eastern side of Haddhunmathi Atoll.

In the mid-1980s, the Maldivian government allowed the popular Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl, to excavate ancient sites. Despite the clear evidence that all the ancient ruins in Maldives are Buddhist, Heyerdahl claimed that early "sun-worshiping seafarers", called the "Redin", first settled on the islands. Keeping up with his sensationalist style, Heyerdahl argued that 'Redin' were people coming from somewhere else, whereas an ancient Maldivian poem (Fua Mulaku Rashoveshi) says: "Havitta uhe haudahau, Redin taneke hedi ihau". This poem gives us the clue about the name 'Redin'. According to Magieduruge Ibrahim Didi, a learned man from Fua Mulaku, it was merely the name which the converted Maldivians used to refer to their infidel (ghair dīn = 'redin') ancestors after the general conversion from Buddhism to Islam.

It is generally said that the conversion of the Maldives to Islam was peaceful, but historical evidence suggests the contrary. For example, the 12th century copperplates found at Isdhoo Island state that the monks (Sangumanun) from the monastery at that island were brought to Male' and beheaded.[4]
25 posted on 10/30/2010 11:40:23 AM PDT by Enchante (De-fund the agitprop twits of NPR, PBS, and CPB now!!)
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To: Enchante

Interesting stuff; thanks for the info. I haven’t heard much about the place, though I remember their low-lying land mass was a concern during the tsunami.


26 posted on 10/30/2010 1:33:39 PM PDT by kearnyirish2
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