A Beauty Queen’s Martyr Complex

Thank God for Hammasa Kohistani. For starters, she is fun to look at. Last year, Kohistani won the honor of being named Miss England and representing the UK in the Miss World Pageant. This well-groomed triumph was accorded larger significance because Kohistani is the first Muslim to be so crowned and feted.

And Kohistani is no vapid beauty queen. She has been using her time in the limelight to build bridges between her beleaguered Muslim brethren and the rest of British society. Commendable, no doubt. But now her carefully constructed bridges are beginning to crumble. Kohistani took to the press last week to draw attention to how Muslims are being unfairly branded as terrorists, which, if I understand her logic here, is turning them into terrorists. “Even moderate Muslims are turning to terrorism to prove themselves. They think they might as well support it because they are stereotyped anyway.” (If only Blair kept his big-mouth shut!)

Now that I’m-A-Dinner-Jacket has told the world to “suck on his centrifuge,” we need Kohistani more than ever. Luckily, she is game for the cause. “Now the Iran situation is brought up and another Islamic country is under scrutiny – and the recent Heathrow scare. I guess I am needed even more now than last year to an extent because of what has happened.” A real martyr for the greater good.

So what will she be doing besides flashing her pretty little mug around? How will she continue to foster accommodation and reconciliation in British society? “It is not for me to answer how to get people to turn away from terrorism. The politicians don’t know what to do and I am just a 19-year-old.”

Oh well, she’s still fun to look at.

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