Yesterday’s NYT ran a story under the headline “Bush Urges World Leaders to Halt
Violence Over Cartoon” on the worldwide violence that has claimed countless lives following the publication of a cartoon about Muhammad. I had to do a double-take after seeing the words violence and cartoon in the same sentence.
This is completely abnormal and abhorrent and, unfortunately, telling of what we are up against with Muslim extremism spreading around the world. See this excerpt from the Times article:
Fury continued in other parts of the Muslim world over the cartoons, first published in a Danish newspaper and since republished widely in Europe and in at least one American newspaper. The satirical drawings depict Muhammad, including a drawing in which his turban is a bomb. Muslims generally regard any depiction of Muhammad as blasphemy.
International monitors pulled out of the West Bank town of Hebron after hundreds of Palestinians attacked their headquarters, news services said.
The only point they neglected to mention was the Palestinian attackers in Hebron were 12–14 year old school children let out from school for this.
The irony is striking given the number of anti-Semitic cartoons that appear routinely in the European press and the Arab press. No Jews have rioted because of that. It reminds me of the claim that suicide bombings are caused by the poverty in Gaza. There is poverty in Mexico too but nobody is blowing up themselves and hundreds of innocent people.
[Originally published on 9th February 2006 by MIchael Eisenberg]