Posted by Curt on 2 February, 2006 at 9:22 pm. 22 comments already!


I’ve been reading up on this whole Mohammed cartoon hub-bub going on today and I have to tell you, it’s amusing on the one hand while troubling on the other. First this morning came the news that some European newspapers were showing solidarity with the Danish by reprinting some of the cartoons:

PARIS, Feb. 1 ? Newspapers across Europe reprinted cartoons Wednesday ridiculing the prophet Muhammad, saying they wanted to support the right of Danish and Norwegian papers to publish the caricatures, which have ignited fury among Muslims throughout the world.

[..]Germany?s Die Welt daily newspaper published one of the drawings on its front page and said the ?right to blasphemy? is one of the freedoms of democracy.

The appearance of 12 drawings in the Danish press provoked emotions in the Muslim world because the representation of Allah and his prophet is forbidden,? the French afternoon newspaper France Soir wrote. ?But because no religious dogma can impose itself on a democratic and secular society, France Soir is publishing the incriminating caricatures.?

The newspaper?s front-page headline declared: ?Yes, We Have the Right to Caricature God,? accompanied by a new cartoon depicting religious figures from the Muslim, Jewish, Buddhist and Christian faiths on a cloud. The Christian is shown saying ?Don?t complain, Muhammad, we?ve all been caricatured here.?

And in typical “party of peace” fashion, the Muslims got a bit ticked off:

Outrage over the appearance of the cartoons in Danish and Norwegian newspapers ? one of which depicted Muhammad as an apparent terrorist with a bomb in his turban ? has ignited demonstrations from Turkey to the Gaza Strip, prompted a boycott of Danish products throughout the Middle East, and spurred calls for a religious decree to attack Danish troops serving in Iraq.

How dare they! How dare a free people print something they want to print! Blasphemy!

Unless the moderate Muslims start to take control of their faith there really is no hope for them. How a religion could excuse deliberately killing innocent people, treating women like dogcrap, and calling for the end to free speech, while at the same time attempting to tell people that it is the “religion of peace” is beyond me.

But I was happy to see some Europeans show the world they actually DID have some gonads.

Of course everytime you count on the Europeans you can count on being disappointed:

The owner of one of the papers to reprint – France Soir – has now sacked its managing editor over the matter.

[…]France Soir and Germany’s Die Welt were among the leading papers to reprint the cartoons, which first appeared in Denmark last September.

[…]But late on Wednesday its owner, Raymond Lakah, said he had removed managing editor Jacques Lefranc “as a powerful sign of respect for the intimate beliefs and convictions of every individual”.

Mr Lakah said: “We express our regrets to the Muslim community and all people who were shocked by the publication.”

Leave it to the French.

But it seems a few of them still have a pair afterall:

Other papers stood by their publication. In Berlin, Die Welt argued there was a right to blaspheme in the West, and asked whether Islam was capable of coping with satire.

“The protests from Muslims would be taken more seriously if they were less hypocritical,” it wrote in an editorial.

La Stampa in Italy, El Periodico in Spain and Dutch paper Volkskrant also carried some of the drawings.

Late in the day came the really big news….the cartoons were faked:

The cartoons were published in September: Why have the protests erupted from Muslims worldwide only now? The person who knows the answer to this question is Ahmed Abdel Rahman Abu Laban, a man that the Washington Post has recently profiled as ?one of Denmark?s most prominent imams.?

Last November, Abu Laban, a 60-year-old Palestinian who had served as translator and assistant to top Gamaa Islamiya leader Talaal Fouad Qassimy during the mid-1990s and has been connected by Danish intelligence to other Islamists operating in the country, put together a delegation that traveled to the Middle East to discuss the issue of the cartoons with senior officials and prominent Islamic scholars. The delegation met with Arab League Secretary Amr Moussa, Grand Imam of Al-Azhar Sheikh Mohammad Sayyed Tantawi, and Sunni Islam?s most influential scholar, Yusuf al Qaradawi. ?We want to internationalize this issue so that the Danish government will realize that the cartoons were insulting, not only to Muslims in Denmark, but also to Muslims worldwide,? said Abu Laban.

On its face, it would appear as if nothing were wrong. However, the Danish Muslim delegation showed much more than the 12 cartoons published by Jyllands Posten. In the booklet it presented during its tour of the Middle East, the delegation included other cartoons of Mohammed that were highly offensive, including one where the Prophet has a pig face. But these additional pictures were NOT published by the newspaper, but were completely fabricated by the delegation and inserted in the booklet (which has been obtained and made available to me by Danish newspaper Ekstra Bladet). The delegation has claimed that the differentiation was made to their interlocutors, even though the claim has not been independently verified. In any case, the action was a deliberate malicious and irresponsible deed carried out by a notorious Islamist who in another situation had said that ?mockery against Mohamed deserves death penalty.? And in a quintessential exercise in taqiya, Abu Laban has praised the boycott of Danish goods on al Jazeera, while condemning it on Danish TV.

So you have this anti-western Imam from Denmark touring the Middle East in an attempt to flame the Muslim world. And Denmark is surprised!

Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen said of Muslims criticising the country in the Arab territories: “I am speechless that those people, whom we have given the right to live in Denmark and where they freely have chosen to stay, are now touring Arab countries and inciting antipathy towards Denmark and the Danish people”

Curious how surprised these people get when the anger is turned towards them. Something Israel has been having to deal with for many many years with no help from these countries. But now they’re shocked. Islam = Terror as far as I’m concerned and we need to stop pussyfooting around it.

They threaten to kill those who print cartoons that depict their god in a bad light but their society allows these kind of cartoons: (Via Tom Gross)

The cartoon above, clearly depicting the railroad to the death camp at Auschwitz-Birkenau ? but with Israeli flags replacing the Nazi ones ? is from the Jordanian newspaper Ad-Dustur (October 19, 2003). The sign in Arabic reads: ?Gaza Strip or the Israeli Annihilation Camp.? This accentuates the widespread libel that Israel?s policies towards the Palestinians have been comparable to Nazi actions towards Jews. Jordan is supposedly a moderate country at peace with Israel.

In this cartoon, from Al-Watan newspaper in Qatar (June 23, 2002), Ariel Sharon is shown watching on the sidelines as an Israeli plane crashes into New York?s World Trade Center. The Arabic words alongside the Twin Towers are ?The Peace.? This cartoon restates the widely held myth in the Arab world that Israel and the Jews were responsible for the 9/11 attacks which were in fact carried out by al-Qaeda.

The cartoon above, from Arab News (April 10, 2002), shows Ariel Sharon wielding a swastika-shaped axe to chop up Palestinian children. Arab News is a Saudi-based English language daily which is supposedly one of the Arab world?s more moderate papers.

The hypocrisy is mindboggling

So, without further ado, I am here to piss all any and all Muslims:

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