Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Cartoons and Islamic Imperialism

by Daniel Pipes
The key issue at stake in the battle over the twelve Danish cartoons of the Muslim prophet Muhammad is this: Will the West stand up for its customs and mores, including freedom of speech, or will Muslims impose their way of life on the West? Ultimately, there is no compromise: Westerners will either retain their civilization, including the right to insult and blaspheme, or not.

More specifically, will Westerners accede to a double standard by which Muslims are free to insult Judaism, Christianity, Hinduism, and Buddhism, while Muhammad, Islam, and Muslims enjoy immunity from insults? Muslims routinely publish cartoons far more offensive than the Danish ones . Are they entitled to dish it out while being insulated from similar indignities?

Germany's Die Welt newspaper hinted at this issue in an editorial: "The protests from Muslims would be taken more seriously if they were less hypocritical. When Syrian television showed drama documentaries in prime time depicting rabbis as cannibals, the imams were quiet." Nor, by the way, have imams protested the stomping on the Christian cross embedded in the Danish flag.

The deeper issue here, however, is not Muslim hypocrisy but Islamic supremacism. The Danish editor who published the cartoons, Flemming Rose, explained that if Muslims insist "that I, as a non-Muslim, should submit to their taboos ... they're asking for my submission."

Precisely. Robert Spencer rightly called on the free world to stand "resolutely with Denmark." The informative Brussels Journal asserts, "We are all Danes now."

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At 9:57 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is a sincere and genuine difference between East and West which is clearly visible in the case of these Cartoons. Muslims on one hand sincerely ‘think’ that they adhere to the freedom, but in reality they discovered that they don’t. The West is also is puzzled by what they considered an extreme reaction to what is considered simple drawings. Obviously, the West does not and will never understand Islam.
The Muslim world being in state of submission for such long time always think that Government have control over the media, but in reality and in a free society, that is not the case. Muslims are used to the concept of the State’s news paper, so any things that are published in it always reflect state policies. So for them, it is an unusual to hear the governor of Denmark saying that he has no control over what a private news paper can publish.
Freedom, means one thing, that you can disagree with me, without trying to kill me or to silence me. Nonetheless, the Muslims have one concern, that when they were putting anti-Semitic propaganda in the West, they were shut down, because people did not like their messages. The reason behind this action is political in nature, and second it is because this anti-Semitic language was inciting violence against certain people.

Do the Cartoons incite violence against Muslim? I am not sure that this is true especially in the West because people are BUSY building their future. Some people might react to them, while most of the people would not even care about the whole issue. However, in unstable societies these cartoons did incite violence. This violence was done in the West but by angry Muslims against people with no connection what so ever with those who did the cartoons (most likely non religious or Atheists).
So who lost at the end, it is mainly the image of Islam which is continually ‘baggage’ in the West by Billions of Petro-dollar, but now is fully exposed at the faces of those who marched in the street of Islamic countries. Moreover, hate between Islam and Christians is very high which is translated to a great win for the hater of humanity which is the devil.
So for the Christians, I would say please pray for Muslims, Christians and the world. And if Muslims join in with their prayers, that will be excellent to all.


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