Alarming News

January 31, 2006

Europe, you have a problem.

Members of the Popular Resistance Commitees, a militant Palestinian group, burn a Danish flag next to the European Commission building during a protest in Gaza City

Armed and masked gunmen from the AL-Yasser Brigades, an offshoot of the Fatah movement, surround the European Union commission headquarters in Gaza City in protest against the publication of caricatures of the prophet Mohammed in a Danish newspaper.

Fury grows over Denmark cartoons

Threats by Militants Alarm Scandinavians

Gunmen storm EU office over cartoons

My personal favorite is this not at all inciteful piece in a UAE newspaper titled ‘Deal with Danish offenders strongly’.

Posted by Karol at 05:18 AM |
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Maybe now they’ll stop mocking the “They Hate Our Freedom” explanation of Islamic Fundamentalists’ vitriol.

Posted by: Joe Grossberg at January 31, 2006 at 9:45 am

Well we have freedom of speech and expression so to the nutjobs. GET OVER IT.
How about. refrain from invoking Mohammed as justification for viewing us as infidels who are going to suffer eternal torment and we won’t take the mickey out of your prophet.

Posted by: Nick at January 31, 2006 at 9:54 am

I can’t help but find it interesting that never once has the “Muslim Street” ever expressed this kind of outrage for a terrorist attack, even against fellow Muslims.
However, depicting Mohammed as a terrorist incites them to consider terrorism against all Scandanavians.
Sounds to me like these cartoon hit the nail on the head.
It gets harder and harder to want to help these bastards at all.

Posted by: Sean at January 31, 2006 at 12:25 pm

I figure it’s just a matter of time before an American newspaper or magazine (probably a conservative one) tries the same stunt; I’m curious to see what happens then. Death threats, followed by hasty apologies? Or will it just get ignored? We’ll see.

Posted by: Yaron at January 31, 2006 at 1:00 pm

Something else we agree on, Karol!

Posted by: The Ink Slinger at January 31, 2006 at 1:22 pm

Right back atcha, Karol!

Posted by: The Ink Slinger at January 31, 2006 at 2:47 pm

Hey, and get this – advised to watch Richard Dawkins

Posted by: Julian Cope at February 2, 2006 at 8:45 am

btw, is this “teardrop explodes” Julian Cope? just in case it is, I’d like to state that Tamworth is still the same dog-hole it was when you lived there.

Posted by: bryan at February 5, 2006 at 4:08 am

btw Julian, you seem to have been watching a different essay to the one I saw. Did you forget (or not hear) that the fundamentalist cleric you spoke of is a New York born former jew? No religion came off particularly well from interview, and this was sort of the point (like the christian defending his friend who killed the abortion doctor, and then used the bible to justify it.
The Haggard incident also had Haggard trying to tell Professor (in the field of evolutionary genetics) Dawkins the current thinking in his field. Dawkins likening to Nuremburg was used to assert that questions and evidence based research and thinking were discouraged over blind fanatical faith.
I thought this was fascinating TV, and it posed questions which were genuinely interesting. It was blunt and very rude about religion generally, I’d be wrong not to say that.

Posted by: bryan at February 9, 2006 at 6:29 pm
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