Bear in mind that I acknowledge that the Danish cartoons were indeed offensive to Muslims, and for that reason, if for no other, also in very poor taste. But this insane violence is ridiculous. It is petulant, dangerous, and wicked. And until the Islamic media stops its farcical, paranoid, freewheeling, and repulsive maligning of Jews and Judaism (as distinct, for the sake of argument, from the state of Israel), I'm sorry, but their ranting lacks any semblance of moral credibility.
Here is an excerpt from the NY Times article today, about the spread of the violence:
Meanwhile, several hundred Iranians attacked the Danish Embassy in Tehran, hurling firebombs and chanting, "God is great," and "Death to Israel," while the police watched.
What? How does this make sense? It doesn't. Its diabolical nonsense. Here's more:
As the facade of the building burned and young men managed to climb around the razor wire protecting the diplomatic compound, a voice broadcast by loudspeaker told the crowd that the cartoons were a Zionist conspiracy, orchestrated by those "afraid of our fundamentalism."You don't have to be a Zionist conspirator to be afraid of this kind of fundamentalism. Its a kind of fundamentalism, after all, that apparently brooks absolutely no criticism, no difference. It does not even tolerate itself: scores of Muslim protestors, and innocent bystanders are themselves being killed as part of the riot "process."
It does not bode well for Western / Islamic (non)relations that the governments in Saudi Arabia, Iran, Syria, Dubai, the UAE, and elsewhere not only tolerated the violence, but facilitated and helped to organize it.
Lastly, in Turkey,
a Catholic priest was shot dead on Sunday in the Black Sea port of Trebizond by a young man shouting, "God is great!"
I am not optimistic about the future.
The cartoon is from here, by way of here.