Would you believe that Rageboy’s been tracked down, and interviewed, and you’ll never believe this… but he’s modest, and shy, too?! Could he be just another charming innocent, like John Smeaton, thrown into the spotlight against his will?
The AFP got the exclusive interview:
He has become the face of Muslim fury: an angry young man whose bushy beard and fiery-eyed scowl take centre stage at nearly every pro-Islamic demonstration in Indian Kashmir.
Shakeel Bhat, 31, has been displaying his teeth and shaking his fist over anything from Salman Rushdie’s knighthood to Danish cartoons, becoming a photographers’ favourite and earning himself the nickname “Rage Boy” in online columns and blogs.
Jeez, for only 31 years old, he sure has a lot of lines on his face. All that hollering must be prematurely aging him.
“If my photographs get published across the world, it is because my emotions are real and my looks are not deceptive. The photos show the anger inside,” said the full-time demonstrator, who when off the street looks distincly modest and a little shy…
Osama Bin Laden looks modest and shy, too, when you come to think of it.
Apart from drawing ridicule from bloggers, Bhat has even inspired one American neoconservative website to push “Rage Boy” merchandise — including T-shirts, beer mugs, mouse pads.
“I don’t believe this! I have no knowledge about all this. Why do they do it?” demanded Bhat, who says he has no idea how to use a computer and the Internet.
Somebody should send him a teeshirt.
Bhat has been detained more than 300 times since he first took to the streets of Srinagar in late 1997. He even travels to other parts of the picturesque Kashmir valley to vent his Islamist anger.
Oooooh, not so charming, and innocent there, Shakeel.
Whatever I do, I do for Allah and the Prophet Mohammed,” said Bhat, who admits to having been an armed militant between 1991 and 1994 with a pro-Pakistan rebel group.
Well, that’s not good…
Although not a Shiite Muslim, he says his inspiration is Iran’s late revolutionary leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.
Okay, that’s just not cool.
“The Koran is my driving force. I will come out on streets as long as Muslims are victims of oppression, even if it leads to my death.”
Victims of such oppressive acts as Danish cartoons, a Pope’s words, Salman Rushdie’s knighthood, etc?
Cry me a river, Shakeel, cry me a @*%#$*& river.
You deserve every ounce of ridicule you get.
Found via Gateway Pundit who has more on the story, (and better pictures).