I damn near choked on my coffee early this morning when I saw this headline in the online Kuwait Times: Kuwait Bans YouTube
Normally, when I hear about China, Pakistan or some other country pulling this stunt I laugh about it because of the stupidity of such foolishness. However, for the past couple of years I have been working in Kuwait and I'm not laughing this morning. As of the time of posting this morning I still have YouTube access through my local ISP. But I am royally pissed that this so-called western leaning Arab "democracy" is even entertaining the thought.
Although I am a American and appreciate my freedoms, I am a "guest" in this country and there is not a damned thing I can do about this other than exercise my right to free speech and denounce it. But I have to do that on the Internet and on a website that is not yet banned.
Of course, the Kuwait Ministry of Communication's intentions are honorable in imposing such bans. God forbid that little Abdul should surf to the Veronica's Secret website and catch a glimpse of a size zero model in skimpy pink undergarments (he might go blind or grow hair in the palm of his hand). And God forbid that little Abdul might view a video of some "infidel" exercising his right to free speech by poking fun at the Islamic religion, and realizing that there are billions of other people living on this planet who can take a joke. God forbid that little Abdul be allowed to think for himself. He may become enlightened, and that could be dangerous.
If the ban on YouTube is actually imposed in Kuwait, it won't last too long. There are just too many other "non-Islamic" things on YouTube that the majority of those westerner wanabees here want access to. Someone with enough "wasta" will take care of the issue (enchala).