Sunday, February 19, 2006

Those Cartoons of Muhammad: The Killing Continues

When the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten published those cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad, our first reaction was to disapprove. What is the point, we thought, in deliberately insulting Muslims?

The violent reaction in the Islamic world, however, puts the entire issue in a different light.

Thus ones sees a headline in The Guardian saying “Nigeria cartoon riots kill 16.”

The violent reaction doesn’t “vindicate” the original publication, which has to stand or fall on its own merits.

It just massively overshadows it.

How trivial it now seems to complain about a lapse of taste and judgment on the part of the Danish paper.


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