Could these rogue states be behind the cartoon jihad? Rice thinks so. And after all, who would benefit more from the criminalization in the West of criticism of jihad, which would allow jihadists a virtually free hand? Just in from Reuters:
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice accused Iran and Syria on Wednesday of deliberately stoking Muslim anger in a dispute over cartoons satirizing the Prophet Mohammad that has sparked deadly protests.
“Iran and Syria have gone out of their way to inflame sentiments and to use this to their own purposes and the world ought to call them on it,” Rice said at a joint news conference with Israel’s foreign minister.
Earlier, President George W. Bush said governments should stop the violence that has erupted over the cartoons, including attacks on Western diplomatic missions in parts of the Muslim world.