The flap over the offensive cartoons of Muhammad continues. It has been noted by others (who could miss it anyway?) that Islamofascists have no qualms with demonizing Jews or simply other Muslims who are not as strict as they. Believe it or not, they sometimes resort to violence in the form of kaboom or ritual stabbings as in the case of Van Gogh the artist, who was brutally slain in broad daylight. That cartoons can incite some people to violence so quickly certainly says something about these individuals. But when such actions can be so easily justified by Mohammed's words, one has to wonder, is this really a religion of peace or is it just that there happen to be some peaceful Muslims? Whatever the case may really be, We need to stand against the radicals who use the moderates as cover as they try to suppress all other cultures that happen to cross their path. My prayers for Muslims who hate what the crazed extremists are doing in their rampage of murder and cultural oppression. Their plight is clearly difficult, it's not just dissapproval they face, but possible death at the hands of those they would prefer to consider as brothers in the faith they hold so dearly.
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Meanwhile, Judith Apter Klinghoffer notes that other papers around the world are reprinting the forbidden cartoons. She's challenging American MSM outlets to do the same:
France has decided to join the Danes in standing up for free speech by printing the cartoons which have upset much of the Muslim world...
Raymond Lakah, the owner of the French newspaper France Soir, has sacked Jacques Lefranc, the paper’s editor. Yesterday France-Soir republished the twelve controversial Danish Mohamed cartoons. Mr Lakah declared: “We express our apologies to the Muslim community and to all the persons that were shocked by the publication of the cartoons.”
They make a good point:
While Mr Lakah has a right to sack Mr Lefranch, French readers have the right to boycott his paper.
Unfortunately, threats of violence still hang in the air.
The offices of Jyllands-Posten in Copenhagen and Aarhus were cleared on Tuesday after bomb threats which later turned out to be false. Asked by the BBC whether the paper would still publish the cartoons today, knowing all the consequences, Flemming Rose, the culture editor of Jyllands-Posten, said: “That is a hypothetical question. I would say that I do not regret having commissioned those cartoons and I think asking me that question is like asking a rape victim if she regrets wearing a short skirt Friday night at the discotheque.”
Will Europe's spine remain strong or will it become jello like Bill Clinton when he compared the cartoons to anti-semitism or will there be more like the owner of French Soir who caved in? Will the moderates within Islam rescue their religion from the destructive forces of a deadly minority? Europe may be on the brink of certain suicide. These days are not for those who prefer peace at all costs, as that can only mean surrender. Many will need to find the strength that is so elusive when precious few things are believed to be true or that no culture is better than another. If they eventually find the needed strength within themselves, hopefully it will not be too late.