Monday, February 06, 2006

Cartoon hypocrisy

The now deadly row over cartoons, of all things, demonstrates a number of things. Perhaps the most important is the gathering clash of civilizations.

But it also demonstrates real hypocrisy. Extremist Muslims are quick to rush to protect the honor of Mohammed, the prophet of Islam, although it is Islamic tradition, not the Qur'an that opposes his portrayal. Jihadists are quick to whip up the frenzy of mobs over what is really just a trifle.

But when equally insensitive cartoons are published about Israel by the Arab press -- like a cartoon in an Arab newspaper that depicted Prime Minister Ariel Sharon drinking Palestinian children's blood. Or the continuing canard the Protocols of the Elders of Zion. What happens? Almost nothing happens, that's what.

What will come out of this? The West will give ground, that's what. We will give up some of our freedoms to avoid Jihadist tantrums. That has already started.

As I said earlier, we're going to see more of this kind of tactic. The Jihadists see us wringing our hands, and they will attack on this front again.


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