Sunday, February 12, 2006

...and chaos ensues.

Melbourne Herald Sun, USA Today

Well, chaos did ensue, but not immediately from the source I predicted in my last post. Evidently, a Danish newspaper ran some political cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammed in the course of criticizing the violence of Islamic extremists. Those same extremists decided to object to being characterized as hyperbelligerent thugs by... acting like hyperbelligerent thugs, torching embassies (without regard to what country the embassy was from, as long as it was Western), attacking U.S. military bases, and threatening to continue if the Danish government did not apologize, evidently due to a failure on their part to comprehend the nature of a free press, that is to say, the government is not responsible for it.

The basis for all this offense is supposedly that depicting the Prophet is blasphemy. Of course, there are two problems with this:

1.) The cartoonists in question are not Muslims and do not claim to be so far as I am aware, and therefore can't very well be held guilty of apostasy against Islam. Of course, not being subject to Islamic law is something that your average jihadi doesn't comprehend.

2.) Muslims don't seem to have much of a problem with such depictions in other places, at least when they aren't critical of Islam.

Of course, the irony is delicious.

And also of course, the Onion called it years ago.

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