Thursday, February 02, 2006

Rare common sense from the ummah, and why the tricolor has two colors too many

The Lebanese magazine Shihan has published three of the Danish depictions of Muhammed that have the Arab world's jelaba all in a knot. They printed the cartoons along with an editorial appeal for a little Muslim intellectual evolution.
Which one do you think damages Islam more? These cartoons or the scene of a suicide bomber who blows himself up outside a wedding ceremony in Amman, or the kidnappers that slaughters their victims before the cameras?
Meanwhile, the French have once again shown their true colors. After shocking everyone by having the courage to publish the cartoons, France Soir reversed itself, fired the editor responsible, and issued an apology, effectively surrending to primitive religious intolerance. There hasn't been a true Gallic vertebrate since Charles Martel. And across the Channel, Reuters compounds the problem by ignoring the Lebanese and suggesting that Muslims are of one mind in being out of their minds: "Muslims consider any images of Mohammad to be blasphemous." No, they don't. Fundamentalist Muslims do, and if we don't pay attention to the dissent that exists in the Muslim world, there may soon be no dissent left.
UPDATE: Some news outlets are reporting that the magazine Al-Shihan is Jordanian.


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