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Tuesday, February 7, 2006
Cartoon Insanity Escalates
By Dr. Steven Taylor @ 8:37 am

Via NYT/the AP: Norwegians Fire on Afghan Protesters

NATO peacekeepers exchanged fire with protesters who attacked their base Tuesday in the second straight day of violent demonstrations in Afghanistan over the publication of caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad, Afghan officials said. One demonstrator was killed and dozens wounded.

In neighboring Pakistan, 5,000 people chanting ‘’Hang the man who insulted the prophet'’ burned effigies of one cartoonist and Denmark’s prime minister. And a prominent Iranian newspaper said it was going to hold a competition for cartoons on the Holocaust in reaction to European newspapers publishing the prophet drawings.

Reuters reports that Afghan troops have killed four protesters.

And Iran’s Ayatollah demonstrated an inability to deal with basic cause and effect, given that the cartoons were published before the Hamas win in Palestine:

Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said the West’s publication of the Prophet Muhammad cartoons was an Israeli conspiracy motivated by anger over the victory of the militant Hamas group in the Palestinian elections last month. ‘’The West condemns any denial of the Jewish holocaust, but it permits the insult of Islamic sanctities,'’ Khamenei said.

And, of course, a cartoon is worse than Holocaust denial, it would seem. Of course, I will confess, I don’t recall global riots over Ahmadinejad’s statements that the Holocaust was a myth.

Meanwhile, in the cut-off-your-nose-to-spite-your-face category we have the Checen government rejected Danish relief aid because of the cartoons:

The Chechen government announced Tuesday that it would suspend a Danish relief group’s operations in the republic following the publication in Denmark of cartoons depicting Mohammed, whom Muslims consider a prophet.

In a letter of notification to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), Chechen officials said the suspension of the Danish Council for Refugees was intended to avoid further escalation of tensions in the predominantly Muslim republic after the cartoons, depicting Mohammed unfavorably, were published by a newspaper in Denmark and reprinted by periodicals in other Western countries.

The publication of the drawings in Denmark - a “leading European nation that keeps declaring its interfaith tolerance” - “may lead to irreversible consequences for the complicated socio-political situation in the Chechen Republic,” the letter said.


On Monday, Chechnya’s acting prime minister said all Danish non-governmental organizations should be barred from the republic over the Mohammed cartoons.

It would seem that poor, war-ravaged persons would rather get upset over cartoons than receive aid. Sad and amazing.

The entire situation is certainly rather damaging to the notion that global Islam represents a “religion of peace.”

Further, as I noted yesterday, these events underscore the highly underdeveloped nature of significant portions of these various societies, were the populations lack adequate education and have exceptionally non-modern views of the world (with all the commensurate lack of tolerance and understanding of others that goes along with modern views of the world).

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Mark in Mexico linked with 1 Faked Muhammed cartoon identified


  1. poor + uneducated + religious extremism = riots over cartoons

    Comment by c.v. — Tuesday, February 7, 2006 @ 10:35 am

  2. 1 Faked Muhammed cartoon identified

    Gateway Pundit reports that one of the Muhammed cartoons that was faked by the Danish Imams has been identified. Dennis Nixon at Neander News reports that AP photographer Bob Edme posted this photo on August 15, 2005 in an MSNBC story about the Frenc…

    Trackback by Mark in Mexico — Tuesday, February 7, 2006 @ 12:02 pm

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