Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Muhammed Cartoon Insanity Continues

* KABUL, Afghanistan - NATO peacekeepers exchanged fire with protesters who attacked their base Tuesday in the second straight day of violent demonstrations in Afghanistan over the publication of caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad, Afghan officials said. One demonstrator was killed and dozens wounded. In neighboring Pakistan, 5,000 people chanting "Hang the man who insulted the prophet" burned effigies of one cartoonist and Denmark's prime minister. And a prominent Iranian newspaper said it was going to hold a competition for cartoons on the Holocaust in reaction to European newspapers publishing the prophet drawings. The NATO troops, most of them Norwegian, fired on hundreds of protesters outside the base in Maymana after the demonstrators shot at them and threw grenades, said provincial Gov. Mohammed Latif. The protesters also burned an armored vehicle, a U.N. car and guard posts, prompting NATO peacekeepers to rush British reinforcements to the city.Maymana Hospital said one protester was shot dead and six were wounded, while some 50 others were hurt by tear gas the peacekeepers used to disperse the demonstrators. One Norwegian soldier was injured by a splinter from a grenade, while another was hurt by a flying rock. Two Finnish soldiers were also hurt, Sverre Diesen, the Norwegian military commander, told reporters in Oslo.

* Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said the West's publication of the Prophet Muhammad cartoons was an Israeli conspiracy motivated by anger over the victory of the militant Hamas group in the Palestinian elections last month. "The West condemns any denial of the Jewish holocaust, but it permits the insult of Islamic sanctities," Khamenei said.
On a lighter note - Iran'slargest selling newspaper announced today it was holding a contest on cartoons of the Holocaust in response to the publishing in European papers of caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed."It will be an international cartoon contest about the Holocaust," said Farid Mortazavi, the graphics editor for Hamshahri newspaper - which is published by Teheran's conservative municipality. He said the plan was to turn the tables on the assertion that newspapers can print offensive material in the name of freedom of expression. "The Western papers printed these sacrilegious cartoons on the pretext of freedom of expression, so let's see if they mean what they say and also print these Holocaust cartoons," he said.


Anonymous Rehan Haque said...

Burning buildings and destroying property, just to prove a point is wrong in my opinion. Muslims definitely need to show a lot more tolerance in this case, and in general. This is what I have to say to the muslims.

Now, I also have something to share with non-muslims, especially people like your kind self. I feel the western societies just do not understand the place of the prophet Muhammad (PBUH) in the lives and culture of a muslim society. Muslims hold the person of Muhammad (PBUH) so sacred, that sometimes they even diefy him. I have lived in the states for 6 years (I don't anymore), and I feel the westerners need to understand that they just cannot ridicule Muhammad (PBUH) in the manner they keep ridiculing Jesus (PBUH) and other sacred personalities of their religions.

Its another thing making fun of Ariel Sharon or Bush or Ahmednejad, but making fun of Muhammad (PBUH) or any prophet of GOD, be it Jesus (PBUH) or Moses (PBUH), is just not acceptable to a muslim. You will never find a muslim ridiculing Jesus (PBUH) or Moses (PBUH) so blatantly. Religion is not a major priority for a westerner, but it just is for a muslim.

Having said that, I still feel strongly that muslims need to show great restraint and tolerance in such matters.

I also get a feeling that I will not be able to make you understand this crisis from a muslim's perspective.

Well, I tried anyway.

Take Care.

8:15 PM, February 07, 2006  
Anonymous ernesto canto said...

I think that much can be said about that clash. But an important part (in my opinion) is that westerns don't understand the muslim perspective, not even a little. I said it because I am a western, and I'm pretty shure that many people don't realize how a devoted muslim feels about been ridiculized. Would have to take many things in account: the hate that they feel for jews and consequently the anger with USA supporting them, add the invasion to Iraq and the civil casualties (that never appear in the news).
All those things westerns don't see, but we just think of muslims as potential enemies, terrorist, fanatics... we don't know if that judgment is accurate and objective. For many people it doesn't care anymore to be fair, because they feel an urge to take side in the "war on terror". This is exactly the way a fanatic thinks! So you have become like your enemy. And liberty and justice are casualties of war?
Yes, it is complex.

12:09 AM, February 14, 2006  
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