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A Clash of Civilizations
from the February 07, 2006 eNews issue
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Thousands of Muslims have taken to the streets in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East to protest a series of political cartoons originally published in a Danish newspaper. While some have protested peacefully, others have reacted to the situation with violence. At least eight people have been killed. Danish and European embassy buildings in Teheran, Damascus, Beirut and elsewhere have been attacked. Hundreds of Danish flags have been burned in protest and many Muslim stores have begun boycotting Danish goods.
The cartoons were first published September of last year in the Jyllands-Posten, one of Denmark's largest daily newspapers. The caricatures certainly caused offense, but it wasn't until late January (after a four month propaganda campaign) that it became an international issue. In fact, the situation would not have turned hostile, were it not for a group of Islamic religious leaders and government officials who deliberately mislead the public, inciting anger and violence throughout the Muslim world.
Following the initial publication of the cartoons, a group of Danish imams traveled to the Middle East to meet with other religious leaders. They circulated the cartoons along with several other, much more offensive images. These additional images were never published by the Danish press, yet the public (and for a short while, the BBC) were lead to believe otherwise.
Since the protests began there has been a great deal of talk about responsible journalism, gratuitous offence, multicultural sensitivities, and such. However the important issue here is not the freedom of expression or freedom of the press. This conflict is about much more than a few political cartoons, it is a clash of cultures. It is also an opportunity for Arab nations to go on the offensive and deflect attention away from other pressing issues, like Egypt's much needed democratic reforms and Iran's nuclear program.
Many Westerners are perplexed by recent events because they do not understand the true nature and agenda of Islam. Although there are many peace-loving Muslims, study of the Islamic religion will reveal that true Islam is anything but a peaceful religion. Islam demands the utter destruction of all Jews, Christians, and anyone who refuses to convert to the Islamic faith. It is a warrior code that demands Muslims live and die by the sword. The truth about Islam is exactly the opposite of what you will hear on the news. Most Westerners believe that Islam is a religion of peace and that Christians and Muslims worship the same God. In public schools we teach our children a doctrine of tolerance, and in some schools students are even required to memorize passages of the Koran. While in comparison, Islamic children are taught that America is the Infidel. We are the enemy.
When the towers came crashing down on September 11, 2001 and thousands of innocent people were killed, Muslims all over the world danced in the streets and praised the hijackers. Islamic terrorists are referred to in the West as radicals and extremists, while in the mid-east they are heralded by fundamentalists as martyrs and heroes, and the families of suicide bombers are rewarded monetary pensions. The disparity between the two perspectives is staggering. For more information, check out our briefing called The Sword of Allah.
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Cartoon Protests Rage in Muslim World - ABC
Danish Muslims "Internationalize" Anti-Prophet Cartoons - Islam Online
Muhammad Cartoons 'Global Crisis' - BBC
Contest for Cartoons Mocking the Holocaust in Iran - NYT
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