Friday, February 03, 2006

these cartoons aren't really funny...

so, the furor over the islamic cartoons rages on... once again, there's plenty of blame to go around.

let's take the publishers first. man, they are dumb. yes, there is the freedom of speech. it's a nice freedom to have. not a right to be taken lightly or trivialized. however, i'm not exactly familiar with european laws, but there must be limitations. what were these people (publishers) thinking when they published cartoons of Mohammed with a bomb wrapped in his turban (i've seen the image by the way)? they are nothing less than insensitive. maybe inciting is the better word? how about spreading hatred? stupid, stupid people... what were they trying to achieve?

western governments, like denmark, are pretty much hiding behind this right of free speech when they say they can't control an "independent" media. it then must be rather odd that danish embassies are offering apologies to the muslim populations of their host countries. maybe they should pass some laws against hatred of a particular groups of people (if they haven't already) and enforce them (which they don't seem to want to do).

now the "muslim" reaction. i italicize muslim to discriminate between real muslims (98 percent who worship peacefully) and the 2 percent who are the criminal fanatics. i can understand the reaction of real muslims. they're deeply offended but they're not going out there promoting violence...once again their religion is being dragged through the mud not only by some stupid Westerners but also by the reaction of the idiot extremists. it's those idiots who are threatening innocent people with death or kidnapping that are disturbing. they are not doing Islam a favour when they go off the rails like they usually do.

judging by the mass protests, this basis for this outrage has gone way beyond the publishing of a few caricatures of the Prophet. the rage and despair displayed in the news reports are incredible...

in the meantime, people and governments are screaming at one another but no one's really listening...

anyway, allah wa'akbar.

3 comments:

qtlibrarian said...

What would Bil Keane think? Whatever happened to the happy non-threating comics of our youth, Family Circle, For Better or Worse.

Gina said...

I think the cartoons are terrible but what I think is worse is the way it's being handled. How many Danish newspapers are sold in Syria and Lebanon anyway - I bet not that many. So my question is who is responsible for making sure people in the Muslim world saw the cartoons or heard about them? Those are the people who are inciting the violence. Without them the cartoons would have got the attention they deserved - very little.

bubba said...

gina, i watched the national tonite and apparently a distraught dane/muslim took a "dossier" of anti-islamic propaganda to the arab league to show the injustices danish-muslims face. from there, the idiot's took over. i think you have to take this in combination with the reprinting of the cartoons in other european countries to trace the roots of incitement.

kelsey, if bil keane was in charge of cartoon drawing in the world nothing like this would've happened, ever...