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Dee Yun: (contact-deleteme[at]-deleteme-direman [dot] com) 2006-02-22 00:32:24
I generally don't care for "political cartoons". They're usually shallow bits of pretentious fluff, with delusions of aspiring to satirical greatness. It's easy to do; just take a leading news story and just start labeling things with dubious allegorical insinuations. For example, draw Dick Cheney shooting his hunting buddy, only Cheney is wearing a shirt that says 'Retro Neo-Con' and the victim is wearing a sash reading 'Rights for Guantanamo Detainees'. Toss in some quail named "Terrorism" and "WMDs" and you've got yourself a Pulitzer Prize.
That said, I needed to sneak in some sort of comment over this Islamic firestorm over those stupid Danish cartoons. For those of you who are news adverse, some obscure Danish newspaper ran cartoons of Mohammed wearing a turban-bomb. Muslims worldwide took umbrage at this, and responded in various ways.
First of all, these Danish tards claim that it was simply a "test of whether the threat of Islamic terrorism had limited the freedom of expression in Denmark." So, these cartoons have no other purpose than to deliberately provoke terrorists. Good thinking. We have something called the First Amendment over here, but it doesn't allow you to yell "Fire!" in a crowded movie theater.
The Islamic response covered a huge range. In democratic western nations, Muslims gathered to protest. I don't claim to understand the outrage at the inconsequential work of some uninspired Danes, but at least these marches were conducted fairly peaceably. One Muslim artist responded by painting an equally asinine image of the Virgin Mary topless and holding a bowl of blood. Now this is a measured proportional response: stupid worthless art matched by stupid worthless art. I can almost respect that.
In Muslim nations, embassies were assaulted. Bomb threats were made. Bounties on the lives of the cartoonists were issued. The "War on Terror" is going to be a long and arduous one, and one that cannot be won with military might.