They suggested Islam was violent! They must die! From AP, with thanks to the Constantinopolitan Irredentist:
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip – Outrage over caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad erupted in a swell of protests across the Muslim world Friday, with demonstrators demanding revenge against Denmark and death for those they accuse of defaming Islam’s holiest figure.
In Iraq, the leading Shiite cleric denounced the drawings first published in a Danish newspaper in September, one of which depicted the prophet wearing a turban shaped as a bomb. But the cleric also suggested militant Muslims were partly to blame for distorting the image of Islam.
Gee, ya think?
Some European newspapers reprinted the caricatures this week, prompting protests Friday in Britain, Turkey, Lebanon, Syria, Pakistan, Indonesia, Malaysia and Palestinian areas. In Sudan, some even urged al-Qaida terrorists to target Denmark.
“Strike, strike, Bin Laden,” shouted some in a crowd of about 50,000 who filled a Khartoum square.
I wonder what the Iraqi cleric thinks of that.
The U.S. and British governments criticized publication of the caricatures as offensive to Muslims, raising questions about whether the line between free speech and incitement had been crossed.
Come now. Any sane and reasonable person can see that the most the cartoons do — and only a few of them at that — is note the connection between Islam and violence that Muslims themselves have made. That’s incitement? If anything that provokes huge anger is incitement, then it is. But do the U.S. and British governments have any criteria for determining whether the line between a reasonable reaction to incitement and a daft and disproportionate overreaction has been crossed?
The Danish government tried to contain the damage. Foreign Minister Per Stig Moeller called Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas and said the Danish government “cannot accept an assault against Islam,” according to Abbas’ office.
On Monday, Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen said his government could not apologize on behalf of a newspaper, but that he personally “never would have depicted Muhammad, Jesus or any other religious character in a way that could offend other people.”
Many Muslims consider the Danish government’s reaction inadequate.
What would be adequate? The destruction of Danish free speech, that’s all.
Clerics in Palestinian areas called in Friday prayers for a boycott of Danish and European goods and the severing of diplomatic ties. Tens of thousands of incensed Muslims marched through Palestinian cities, burning the Danish flag and calling for vengeance.
“Whoever defames our prophet should be executed,” said Ismail Hassan, a tailor who marched in the pouring rain with hundreds of other Muslims in the West Bank city of Ramallah. “Bin Laden our beloved, Denmark must be blown up,” the protesters chanted.
Foreign diplomats, aid workers and journalists began pulling out of Palestinian areas Thursday because of kidnapping threats against some Europeans.
In Iraq, about 4,500 people protested in the southern city of Basra, burning the Danish flag. Some 600 worshippers stomped on Danish flags before burning them outside Baghdad’s Abu Hanifa Mosque, Sunni Islam’s holiest shrine in Iraq. Demonstrators also burned Danish journalists in effigy and torched boxes of Danish cheese.
Iraq’s leading Shiite cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, condemned the publications as a “horrific action.”
But in remarks posted on his Web site, al-Sistani referred to “misguided and oppressive” segments of the Muslim community whose actions “projected a distorted and dark image of the faith of justice, love and brotherhood.”…
In Damascus, Syria, entrances to the Al-Murabit mosque were strewn with Danish, Israeli and American flags so worshippers could trample them as they entered. Banners outside called for a boycott of Danish, European and U.S. products “until Denmark is brought to its knees, regretting this farce of freedom of expression.”
Some 1,500 worshippers in Jordan marched in the northeastern city of Zarqa, demanding that Denmark prosecute the cartoonist who drew the caricatures.
Pakistan’s parliament unanimously passed a resolution condemning the cartoons as a “vicious, outrageous and provocative campaign.”
That certainly sums up the reaction to the cartoons, at very least.