Saturday, February 04, 2006

Another Good One

Here is a good piece on the current Muslim Cartoon Mania from Charles Moore at the Daily Telegraph.
It's some time since I visited Palestine, so I may be out of date, but I don't remember seeing many Danish flags on sale there. Not much demand, I suppose. I raise the question because, as soon as the row about the cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed in Jyllands-Posten broke, angry Muslims popped up in Gaza City, and many other places, well supplied with Danish flags ready to burn. (In doing so, by the way, they offered a mortal insult to the most sacred symbol of my own religion, Christianity, since the Danish flag has a cross on it, but let that pass.)

Why were those Danish flags to hand? Who built up the stockpile so that they could be quickly dragged out right across the Muslim world and burnt where television cameras would come and look? The more you study this story of "spontaneous" Muslim rage, the odder it seems.

The complained-of cartoons first appeared in October; they have provoked such fury only now. As reported in this newspaper yesterday, it turns out that a group of Danish imams circulated the images to brethren in Muslim countries. When they did so, they included in their package three other, much more offensive cartoons which had not appeared in Jyllands-Posten but were lumped together so that many thought they had.

It rather looks as if the anger with which all Muslims are said to be burning needed some pretty determined stoking. Peter Mandelson, who seems to think that his job as European Trade Commissioner entitles him to pronounce on matters of faith and morals, accuses the papers that republished the cartoons of "adding fuel to the flames"; but those flames were lit (literally, as well as figuratively) by well-organised, radical Muslims who wanted other Muslims to get furious. How this network has operated would make a cracking piece of investigative journalism.
By the way, this article and the one in my previous post were linked by commentators on Little Green Footballs.

From a news article also in the Telegraph:
Some Muslim ambassadors expressed anger that the Danish government could go no further, repeating earlier distaste at any "expression, action or indication that attempts to demonise groups of people on the basis of their religion or ethnic background."
. . . unless you're demonising Jews, as we can see from these cartoons from the Arab world.

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At 1:41 PM, Blogger Muslim said...

As Muslims we are required to respect all religions, be it people who are Christians, Jewish, Hindu

So i’m really surprised at the pictures published in the newspaper, and also of their false nature. Maybe people should read about Prophet Muhummmad peace be upon him, and realise that he was a mercy to all mankind.

Attacking the prophet peace be upon him by drawing such pictures is attacking Muslims directly.

We dont draw pictures of other prophets like Abraham, Moses, Jesus, infact we respect them, and would never think to do such drawings.

At 6:49 AM, Blogger Harry said...

Although you claim you are required to respect all religions, I've seen some of the anti-Israel cartoons and read some of the anti-semitic rants from imams throughout the world. Not only aren't they respectful, they are downright vicious. The Danish Newspaper cartoons were mild in comparison, and even in comparison to other cartoons from the West which freely satirize Christianity and Judaism.

Muslims are trying to set the rules for everyone else in the world, and many of us don't want to play by those rules. We can still live in peace if Muslims stop demanding that Islam has the right to rule over all others.

At 8:14 AM, Blogger someguy said...

Muslim: I agree with Harry. If you'll follow the link in the words "these cartoons," you'll see what he means.

Harry: I've seen only one or two of those before. I've bookmarked them, and will use them in a future post should the Cartoon Intifada continue. In fact, I'll probably add that link to my sidebar under "Substance" just in case my readers or I ever need it as a reference. Great find on your part.

At 9:05 PM, Blogger Harry said...

Thanks. Now I sit and wonder: how is it that a bunch of untrained, regular, non-reporter type people can gather and synthesize so much more information than my local newspaper. Long live the pajamahadeen!


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