Great Radio Interview here hat tip MK
"Muslim Opinion" Be Damned" America's attempts to appease "Muslim opinion" are depraved and suicidal.
Rice Accuses Iran, Syria in Muslim Violence As forthe timing of the protests? I find the timing rather nuclear as in Iran (considering I had them these toons up on my blog back in October here).............Keshertalk has a take on the timing as well here.
Supporters of the Islamic militant group Hamas burn a Danish flag in the West Bank town of Nablus in response to the cartoons of of the Prophet Muhammad that were published in European newspapers. Photo tip: lilrepgirl
While the toothless, spineless, Media draw the line on running cartoons , The
Danish prime minister called protests over the cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad "a growing global crisis." Anders Fogh Rasmussen urged calm, and said the problem is now about more than just the drawings,[clearly, it always was - Atlas] which were first published in a Danish newspaper and later reprinted around the world. Cartoons and the prior articles here.
Meanwhile, Denmark Battles Muslim Backlash over CartoonsThe Danish government has not condemned their publication. [For this I respect ad admire the Danes for not caving into dhimmitude]. As protest continues around the world, Copenhagen is demanding protection for its diplomats and citizens. Danish lawyer shot in Moscow as protests against the publication of cartoons showing the Prophet Muhammad continued around the world yesterday. The lawyer was wounded in an incident in a Moscow
In 1945, the anti-Nazi German pastor Martin Niemoller wrote the following:
"First they came for the Communists, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Communist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Jew. Then they came for the Catholics, and I didn't speak up, because I was a Protestant. Then they came for me, and by that time there was no one left to speak up for me."
Global crisis" over Muhammad cartoons
The world is facing "a global crisis" over the prophet Muhammad cartoons, according to Danish leader Anders Fogh Rasmussen. The Danish daily Jyllands-Posten first published the dozen cartoons last September, causing uproar in Muslim states.
Iranians stage new violent protest against Mohammad cartoons Angry Iranian demonstrators stormed Danish and Norwegian embassies in Tehran for the second consecutive day on Tuesday in protest against cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammad published in the two countries. Iran Bans Imports of Danish Products Commerce Minister Massoud Mir-Kazemi said here Monday that Iran has decided not to purchase Danish products beginning Tuesday.
Nigerian state cancels $27m Danish contract
Nigerian state lawmakers burned Danish and Norwegian flags yesterday and canceled a 23-million-euro ($27 million) contract to import buses in protest at blasphemous cartoons and a Professor sacked over cartoons.A professor of English at Zayed University has been dismissed for distributing copies of cartoons from a Danish newspaper insulting to Islam while asking students to respect freedom of expression, reported Emirates Today. Nigerian state assembly members burned Danish flags Feb. 7 in Kano, Nigeria, to protest cartoons published that depict the Prophet Mohammad. They said they will impose a boycott of Danish goods and firms. Chechnya Expels Danish Aid Agency One of the largest aid organizations working in Chechnya was expelled Tuesday when the country said that all Danish social organizations must leave. Filipino Muslims burn Danish flag in protest over cartoons. Filipino Muslims enraged by caricatures of Islam's Prophet Muhammad burned a Danish flag in a rally in the southern Philippines on Tuesday. 5,000 in Pakistan protest prophet cartoons and burned effigies of the Danish prime minister in a northern Pakistan city in a protest against the publication of cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad in Western newspapers, police said.Malaysian PM against boycott of Danish goods over cartoons Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said Tuesday there was no need to boycott Danish products over cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed, just days after he condemned the controversial images.
POINT OF NO RETURN by Thomas Sowell
Looking back at the history of tragic times often reveals that many -- or most -- of the people of those times were often preoccupied with things that look trivial, or even pathetic, in view of the catastrophe looming over them. Will later generations looking back at our times see a similar blindness, and even frivolousness, in the face of mortal dangers?
Terrorists and terrorist governments are giving us almost daily evidence of their fanatical hatred and violent sadism, as the clock ticks away toward their gaining possession of nuclear weapons. They not only hold a harmless young woman hostage in Iraq, they parade her in tears on television, just as they have paraded not only the terrorizing, but even the beheading, of others on television.
Moreover, there is a large and gleeful audience in the Arab world for these gross brutalities, just as there was glee and cheering among the Palestinians when the televised destruction of the World Trade center was broadcast in the Middle East.
Yet what are we preoccupied with or outraged about? Whether the American government should intercept the phone calls of these cutthroats to people in the United States. Read it all here. Sowell is one of the finest minds of our time.
The furor over cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad continued today, with police in Afghanistan killing four protesters outside a U.S. military base even as a host of leaders and organizations tried to stop the riots that have spread across the Muslim world.
The latest deaths came as hundreds rioted outside a U.S. military base in Qalat in southern Afghanistan. According to a provincial police chief, Afghan police tried to clear the protesters by firing shots in the air, but were then forced to fire into the crowd. The police chief said at least 20 people were wounded. Eleven people have been killed in Afghanistan in protests over the cartoons, which first appeared in the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten in September.
Islamic organizations are trying to calm the unrest. A member of the Ulama Council, Afghanistan's top Islamic organization, condemned the cartoons but also deplored the violence, saying that "these rioters are defaming the name of Islam." Meanwhile, Iraq's top Shiite political leader, Abdul Aziz al-Hakin, criticized attacks on foreign embassies. President Bush also weighed in today, calling on governments around the world to stop the violence. He added that Americans believe in a free press, but "with freedom comes the responsibility to be thoughtful about others." And France's president, Jacques Chirac, asked media to avoid offending religious belief -- even as a satirical French weekly reprinted the cartoons alongside some new ones, including one showing a despairing Muhammad mourning that "it's hard to be loved by idiots."
The drawings have angered Muslims, particularly those who believe illustrations of Muhammad are forbidden -- a point of view one Islamic scholar writing an opinion piece for this newspaper says isn't supported by the Quran.
Jyllands-Posten's culture editor, Flemming Rose, said his paper was trying to contact Hamshahri, an Iranian newspaper that responded to the furor by announcing a contest for cartoons about the Holocaust. Mr. Rose said Jyllands-Posten wants to publish the cartoons in conjunction with Hamshahri.
This is the same Danish paper refused "offensive" Jesus cartoons.
Anyway, let me understand this, Jylland-Posten is going to bow down to the Radical Islamists by running the cartoons about the mass brutal slaughter of 10 million people (or is it just the 6 million dead Jews) in order to make up for poorly drawn Mohammad cartoons. What does one thing have to do with the other?
They had to drag the Jews into it didn't they? Those bastards. And spit on the Jylland Posten for not having the courage of their convictions. It's not enough to have the courage of your convictions, you must have the courage to stand up against the attacks of those very convictions.
UPDATE: Great balls of Fire, they done stood up!: The top editor of the Danish newspaper whose caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad sparked rage throughout the Islamic world said Wednesday the daily would not reprint Holocaust cartoons being solicited by an Iranian newspaper. More here hat tip: Yahoo