Cartoon outrage? Blame Bush!
Reader Beth sent a scan of the February 1, 2006 Saudi Gazette, which carried the following quote:
“This barbarous offensive on Islam is a result of a campaign of incitement against Islam waged by (US President) George Bush”
Nafez Assam, a leader with the Palestinian Islamist movement Islamic Jihad, talking to reporters during demonstrations in Gaza City on Tuesday in protest over cartoons in a Danish paper that blasphemed Prophet Muhammad (pbuh.)
I’m so tired of that old line.
Prior post here.
Update 3 I agree 100% with New Sisyphus: I am a proud American, but today I am deeply ashamed and scared for my country, a country that seems to have forgotten that caving in to a rampaging mob on a matter of deep principle only encourages further such acts. Clarification at LGF (emphasis mine)
We would — we believe that it is an important principle that peoples around the world encourage dialogue, not violence; dialogue, not misunderstanding and that when you see an image that is offensive to another particular group, to speak out against that. Anti-Muslim images are as unacceptable as anti-Semitic images, as anti-Christian images or any other religious belief. We have to remember and respect the deeply held beliefs of those who have different beliefs from us. But it is important that we also support the rights of individuals to express their freely held views.
That’s a huge improvement over what I first read.
Then there’s the story behind this photo:
Update, Monday February 6 Marzo writes to remind us that the above photo appears to have been photoshopped. Please do click on the photo to read the story behind it and to see the original poster. As New Sisyphus says,
The one great thing about having Islamic Fascists for enemies is that they mean what they say and they say what they mean.