Thursday, February 02, 2006

Respect is a two-way street

Only when the preponderance of “peaceful” Muslims begin to overtly and consistently condemn the goals and terrorism of the likes of al-Qaida, Hamas, Hezbollah and their leadership, specifically by name and event, will they garner respect from the non-Muslim world. Until then, Islam will be seen as a faith condoning violence whose profession of religious tolerance is all mouth.

That Muslims in Pakistan and Gaza are complaining is laughable. The press in most Muslim countries is controlled either directly by the state or indirectly by clerics putting pressure on the government. Now it seems, they want to control the press in our so-called “open and free” societies. And they are succeeding.

“An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile - hoping it will eat him last.”
Sir Winston Churchill

Muslim world angered at cartoons

Islamabad, Feb. 2 (UPI) — Muslim anger over European cartoons of Muhammad prompted widespread protest, and led gunmen to briefly surround the EU Gaza office.

The drawings, first printed in Denmark, sparked a fresh row when they were re-run in several newspapers, leading to the sacking of a French editor.

Hundreds have demonstrated in Pakistan, chanting "Death to Denmark" and burning Danish and French flags, the BBC said.

Norway has closed its mission in the West Bank to the public in response to threats from two militant groups against Norwegian, Danish and French people.

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak warned the decision by some European papers to publish the cartoons could encourage terrorists.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai also strongly condemned their publication, saying it was "an affront ... for hundreds of millions of people".

EU Trade Commissioner Peter Mandelson said the rerun cartoons were "throwing petrol onto the flames of the original issue and the original offense that was taken."


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