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February 05, 2006


John Barr

I agree, the media's refusal to show the cartoons is based solely on fear of Muslim reprisal. They're perfectly happy to inflame Muslim sensibilties with stories of flushed Korans and such as long as the blowback is directed against somebody else.



The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts.
- Bertrand Russell (1872-1970)

And lies are so much easier to say than the truth, and so much more hard work to refute.

Hitchens seems to be at least someone who gets it (from the ST):

"There isn't an inch to give, nothing to negotiate and no concessions to offer. Those of us who believe in enlightenment and free speech also have unalterable principles which we will not give up. We have to listen all the time to piratical-looking mullahs calling our Jewish friends pigs and demanding the censorship of The Satanic Verses and we find this fantastically insulting, but we don't behave like babies. They are making a puerile spectacle of themselves.

"We should say, how dare you behave in this way? They can put themselves under laws and taboos if they wish, but it is nothing to do with me or anybody else. They are completely out of order."


On the subject of where the line stops, whether we are now responsible on pain of scimitar for adding the pbuh (I liked that part), I followed a similar line of thought and looked around to find what kinds of insults to Islam were resulting in the firing of editors around the world. There is a lot of wiggle room for the easily offended there.


One thing I'm glad of is that at least, to the best of my knowledge so far, the Danish PM, Anders Fogh Rasmussen (pbuh), hasn't caved on this. Maybe he didn't get the telegram from the US State Department.

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