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They Just Don't Get It

Well, another European newspaper's done it -- they've printed an insulting cartoon of Mohammed. This time, it's in Sweden.

And, right on schedule, the Muslims are fully in their Standard State #1: OUTRAGE!!!!!

The Organization of the Islamic Conference has issued a very strong statement. I'm going to reprint the entire press release, from their web site, in full:

The Secretary General of the OIC, Professor Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu strongly condemned the publishing of blasphemous caricatures of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) by Swedish artist Lars Vilks in the Nerikes Allehanda newspaper. He said that this was an irresponsible and despicable act with malafied and provocative intention in the name of so called freedom of expression and was intended to solely insult and arouse the sentiments of Muslims of the world.

The OIC Secretary General said that the international community was well aware of serious impact of such publications that were globally felt during the controversy that was created by the publication of similar cartoons by a Danish newspaper last year. The OIC Secretary General called on the Swedish Government to take immediate punitive actions against the artist and the publishers of the cartoon and asked for their unqualified apology. In this connection, he also called on the Muslims to remain calm and to exercise restraint.

Let's see. First up, they condemn the publishing of the cartoons. OK, that's pretty much to be expected. They call it "irresponsible and despicable" -- again, pretty much boiler plate for any similar statement.

Next up, they tip their hands a bit. "with malafied (sic) and provocative intention in the name of so called freedom of expression." I presume the mean "mala fide," Latin for "bad faith," and denigrate the notion that this falls under "freedom of expression." This is lawyerese for "we know what defense you'd use in court, so here we're showing you how we would try to counter that." It's groundwork for nullifying the freedom of expression in this case -- and, if successful, establishing a precedent for any remotely similar case anywhere in the non-Muslim civilized world.

"...and was intended to solely insult and arouse the sentiments of Muslims of the world." Two more elements come into play here. First, another attack on the application of "free expression" here, by discrediting the motives of the artist and publisher. Second, to move the venue from Sweden, where the cartoon was published, to the Muslim world -- where such quaint notions as freedom are properly kept in their place.

"...the international community was well aware of serious impact of such publications that were globally felt during the controversy that was created by the publication of similar cartoons by a Danish newspaper last year." Let me paraphrase this one for them:

"Everyone knows that last year a Danish newspaper published far less offensive cartoons of Mohammed, and Muslims around the world went apeshit in an orgy of riots, arsons, and murders -- so don't poke at the crazies."

"The OIC Secretary General called on the Swedish Government to take immediate punitive actions against the artist and the publishers of the cartoon and asked for their unqualified apology."

Here they show that, when it comes to the West, they just don't get it. Or, far more likely, just don't WANT to.

The Swedish government has absolutely NOTHING to apologize for, because the Swedish government had NOTHING to do with the publication. Their offense is in recognizing inalienable human rights as freedom of expression, freedom of speech, and freedom of religion -- which includes the right of freedom FROM religion. The Swedes understand something that the Muslim world does not -- and, I fear, can not: that governments have absolutely no business enforcing strictly religious laws upon the populace, especially those who do not ascribe to the religious faith whose tenets are being violated.

"In this connection, he also called on the Muslims to remain calm and to exercise restraint."

Nice little veiled threat. "Don't go psycho just yet, folks -- let's give them a chance to surrender before we get medieval on their asses."

The underlying theme behind these actions is simple: to introduce the precepts of Islamic law -- Shariah -- into non-Muslim nations. To carve out a special exception in the laws and customs and traditions of other countries for Islam, to establish that when there is a conflict, Islam shall prevail.

On the surface, that's laughable. The west is nominally Christian, but we regularly fight about any sort of confluence between Christianity and government -- to the point where it seems that whole groups (People For The American Way, the American Civil Liberties Union, and others of their ilk) have whole cadres on staff watching for the slightest hint of official sanction, recognition, or promotion of Christianity by the government, ready to spring into action to squelch it.

But many of the same people see no contradiction in championing special treatment for Islamic "sensibilities" under color of law. They are rapidly becoming the sort of "useful idiots" as the pro-Communists in the west who cheerfully aided and abetted Stalin and his heirs.

I find myself thinking that the conflict between the Islamic world and those who have no interest in living under Islamic law is growing inevitable. And while I have little doubt that the West will prevail in any such fight, I fear the costs of that victory -- the deaths on both sides, and the psychic cost of waging a very bloody and very destructive war -- will leave scars that may never heal.

But every time we bow to the demands of the Muslim leadership in the face of threats of violence, we do two things: we push back that fight a little longer, and make certain it will be a bit bloodier. If the Swedish government does concede, if it does violate its own laws and principles, and does take action against the newspaper and the cartoonist, they will have made a terrible concesion -- and set a precedent for future capitulations.

The Swedes should know the principle established by their Viking ancestors: "Once you pay the Danegeld, you never get rid of the Dane."

A.D. 980-1016

By Rudyard Kipling

It is always a temptation to an armed and agile nation
To call upon a neighbour and to say: --
"We invaded you last night--we are quite prepared to fight,
Unless you pay us cash to go away."

And that is called asking for Dane-geld,
And the people who ask it explain
That you've only to pay 'em the Dane-geld
And then you'll get rid of the Dane!

It is always a temptation for a rich and lazy nation,
To puff and look important and to say: --
"Though we know we should defeat you, we have not the time to meet you.
We will therefore pay you cash to go away."

And that is called paying the Dane-geld;
But we've proved it again and again,
That if once you have paid him the Dane-geld
You never get rid of the Dane.

It is wrong to put temptation in the path of any nation,
For fear they should succumb and go astray;
So when you are requested to pay up or be molested,
You will find it better policy to say: --

"We never pay any-one Dane-geld,
No matter how trifling the cost;
For the end of that game is oppression and shame,
And the nation that pays it is lost!"


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Comments (30)

For the meek,Dhimmi ... (Below threshold)

For the meek,
Dhimmi chic.
Bad link,
What a stink.

While I agree with most of ... (Below threshold)

While I agree with most of your comments, I think you should check you expression *the Muslims*. You are unnecessarily stereotyping and generalizing a whole lot of people who have nothing to do with the debate. Religion is a personal thing to many in the world and it would be unwise to generalize the radical views as a mass hysteria.

Rezwan's right. Like the ol... (Below threshold)

Rezwan's right. Like the old lawyer joke, ninety percent of Muslims are making the other ten percent look bad.

Islam is a comfort and an i... (Below threshold)

Islam is a comfort and an inspiration to the masses of its believers, just as Christianity is to Jesus's followers. The spiritual leader of Iraq have just promulgated a fatwah against violence with the prodding of an Anglican Canon, who deserves the Nobel Peace Prize for his part in ending this war.

It is over, you know. The globe is cooling, too. You think I'm joking.

Ol Rudy's wonderful, but wa... (Below threshold)

Ol Rudy's wonderful, but was he searching for a gas leak in this particular parlor?

Rezwan Boxed by Skinner.</p... (Below threshold)

Rezwan Boxed by Skinner.

Wah Wah Wah!

Should be plural, above: 's... (Below threshold)

Should be plural, above: 'spiritual leaders of Iraq...'.

Good link, still a stink.</... (Below threshold)

Good link, still a stink.

I wonder at the Swedish diplomat suddenly found himself thrown into the fray as the journalists invoke the whole nation behind them. This could get interesting.

Oh Seixon? Wussup over there?

The one thing I find ironic... (Below threshold)

The one thing I find ironic over the whole cartoon controversy is where Muslims direct their outrage.

No matter how many times people of the Islamic faith insist they are not of the same mind set as those fighting jihad it is never vocal enough to render news worthiness. I do believe I follow the news enough to notice the lack of outrage by Muslims of Muslims killing other Muslims in the name of Allah. Not to mention killing any non-believer.

If someone is taking words out of the Koran to suit their own agenda of killing others isn't that blasphemous in its self?

Does the Koran specifically state "non-believers must convert or die"?

If not then where are all the protesters demanding that jihadists quit misquoting the Koran due the blasphemous nature of speaking "for" Allah instead of quoting Allah.

In my opinion this is the same as living in a city chock full of daily homicides but only complain about the jaywalking problem.

(Irrelevant, off-topic l... (Below threshold)

(Irrelevant, off-topic laundry list of "scandals" deleted. Also, IP noted for future consideration for banning.)

Lincoln, run for your life;... (Below threshold)

Lincoln, run for your life; Hsunami coming.

jj, Sadr the Lesser, symbolically and fatally, violated the fatwah against violence at an important Shia shrine. He was Persia's best pal, and is now disgraced. The Iraqis are observing how indecorous it is for Muslims to kill Muslims instead of infidels.

Lincoln, way to stay on top... (Below threshold)

Lincoln, way to stay on topic pal!

So is the cartoon in this case the Republican or is the Swedish government?

The Iraqis are observing... (Below threshold)

The Iraqis are observing how indecorous it is for Muslims to kill Muslims instead of infidels.....Kim

My point is of the scale of the blasphemy and how it is reacted to across the Arab world. No doubt those felling the direct repercussions of Muslim on Muslim violence, particularly in Iraq feel compelled to eradicate it in their own backyard because they are the victims.

My question is where are the masses of Muslims denouncing jihad and protesting vigorously against those speaking 'for" Allah or Mohammad and taking the Koran out of context. (An act of blasphemy IMHO) It has never been on the scale of those protesting these cartoons.

I surmise why, that being it is like when one has a dysfunctional family and knows it but can't stand seeing anyone else outside the family bringing up how dysfunctional your family is, but has no problem attacking those outsiders that do speak up. In the mean time the dysfunctional family stays that way and outsiders fear putting their noses into their problem again.

MunDane, don't expect an an... (Below threshold)

MunDane, don't expect an answer. I haven't banned his IP, but I strongly suspect Lincoln is one of those drive-by trolls that cuts and pastes his laundry list on every conservative blog he can find, on the most recent posting, regardless of topic. Seen it before, will see it again.

But it's enlightening to see where that type of individual places his priorities...


an awful lot of "Muslims" a... (Below threshold)

an awful lot of "Muslims" are doing an awful lot of horrendous things in the name of "Allah"...and have been for decades (ok, CENTURIES!)

And yet, with alQueda, Hamas, Hezzbulah, et al, going about doing DAILY acts of terrorism and barbarism against INNOCENT men, women and children (MOST of whom are Muslims themselves), the "Muslim Community" chooses CARTOONS to get outraged over?


Just imagine if the notorio... (Below threshold)
spurwing plover:

Just imagine if the notorious NATIONAL ENDOWMENT for the ARTS went and payed for having a picture of MUHAMED SUBMURGED IN URINE or done in elepant dung those wretched artists ROBERT MAPLETHORP,ANDRA SORANO or the other would have to look over their shoulders or have their heads chopped off

As much as I love SOUTH PAR... (Below threshold)

As much as I love SOUTH PARK or other outrageous shows and tasteless humor, I'm never very happy when Jesus, Mary, or other major religious figures are portrayed in a disrepectful manner.

Maybe those in the media at all levels should consider that religious figures from all faiths need to be only treated respectfully, although the Muslim standard that even bans a respectful representation as an illustration is a very extreme standard.

In regards to National Endo... (Below threshold)

In regards to National Endowment of the Arts and South Park a couple of points.

A point of contention is government funding in support of a platform for someone to promote their disdain of a religious figure, while that same secular "groupthink" does everything in their power to keep even the perception of government religion endorsement.

Yet no liberal outcry for foot baths for Muslims that are publically funded.

My feeling is you can't have it both ways.

South park on the other hand is a private enterprise whereas someone feeling insulted by the content can turn the channel or go as far as boycotting the sponsors if they choose.

South Park did have an episode in which they depicted the prophet Mohammed but the image was censored by Comedy Central and the scene was replaced by a sign saying "Censored by Comedy Central".

Yet Jesus is portrayed as a mortal idiot constantly on South Park which is pure hypocrisy by executives at the network.

The bottom line is "fear". Fear of violent reprisals. While liberals have over used one of their mantras of "Bush creates a climate of fear to keep the masses inline", it is liberals that have the fear of Muslims.

They try and make up for their transparent cowardice by puffing their chests at Christians, all the while knowing no physical violent reprisal is coming.

Three Dog Nacht.====... (Below threshold)

Three Dog Nacht.

Maybe the Rage Boys need to... (Below threshold)

Maybe the Rage Boys need to lighten up a bit. Unless their God is the God of perpetual anger, and not much else.

I sincerely hope you are ri... (Below threshold)

I sincerely hope you are right about the west prevailing in an all out confrontation with Islam. I'm concerned that leftists and other traitors--McCain and Graham come to mind--would surrender before the fight even began.

I don't get that one, PUPPY... (Below threshold)

I don't get that one, PUPPYMAX. If there is one single issue upon which McCain and his lapdog Graham have been entirely correct, it is the war against Islamic extremism.

The reason the Swedes are quaking right now is because of the quivering the Dutch showed when their own country was subjected to outrage over cartoons.

Tell the Muslims not to buy the offending paper, change the channel, or boycott the sponsors as they choose, but as soon as they resort to violence or threats thereof, treat them as the criminals they then become, and no better.

As with the Dane-geld, once you pay respect to threats of violence, you never get rid of Ahmad.

"Maybe those in the medi... (Below threshold)

"Maybe those in the media at all levels should consider that religious figures from all faiths need to be only treated respectfully,"

For the most part, I agree with this idea of being more respectful when it comes to symbols and persons that represent religious belief. Funny, though, how the Muslims' outrage is usually accompanied with words like, "Death to Somebody-or-other!" Not a very stable representation of said belief system.

The muslims who call for re... (Below threshold)

The muslims who call for respect for all religious figures would be more convincing if it were not for the virulent anti-semitism rampant in their community ... and the violence done by muslim extremists against other religions. Like the Taliban blowing up venerable Buddhist monuments in Afghanistan.

Bamiyan. Oh, Bamiyan.<br /... (Below threshold)

Bamiyan. Oh, Bamiyan.

Could you imagine if they p... (Below threshold)
spurwing plover:

Could you imagine if they placed a image of MUHAMED on the SOUTH PARK i mean TREY PARKER and MATT STONE would be beheaded and COMEDY CENREAL would be bombed

See, that's the rub Paul.<b... (Below threshold)

See, that's the rub Paul.
When Jews and Christians (among other's in the US and west) have their faiths mocked and literally covered in filth, it is expected that they will chuckle or just fume in silence. Any other reaction shows a lack of culture, provincialism or worse. Violence from a Christian in the US over such a thing is such a shock it is major news.
But to Muslims...

I heartily endorse Paul's s... (Below threshold)

I heartily endorse Paul's suggestion that all religious figures ought be treated with respect.

That's in a perfect world, though, and we don't live in anything approaching that. Our choice seems to be between a world where freedom of speech includes the freedom to show disrespect for religions and their icons and one in which governments or mobs control what may be said about religions.

Of course, if they can control what is said about religions, they can control what is said about anything using similar mechanisms.

Paul did also note that even respectful images of Mohamed are prohibited by Islam, so that in itself wouldn't even solve the problem.

Incidentally, Howie at The Jawa Report has the original cartoon if anyone wants to see it. As he observes, most publications would require more evidence of talent before publishing a cartoon.

As he observes, most pub... (Below threshold)

As he observes, most publications would require more evidence of talent before publishing a cartoon.

And yet Ted Rall gets published!

add a soccer ball wizzing b... (Below threshold)

add a soccer ball wizzing by his crappy little dog-muslim paws....hilarious!!






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