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Cartoon Violence Vs. Real Violence
Millions of Muslims are yawning in unison. From Thomas Friedman's column in Wednesday's New York Times:

"How could it be that Danish cartoons of Muhammad led to mass violent protests, while unspeakable violence by Muslims against Muslims in Iraq every day evokes about as much reaction in the Arab-Muslim world as the weather report?"

Thanks, Norm

Posted by aalkon at January 25, 2007 10:16 AM


On the contrary, I don't think they're ignoring it at all- it's just not as irresistable to the American media as a bunch of loony protesters.

Posted by: Jennifer Emick at January 25, 2007 9:04 AM

Sorry, Jennifer, the outcry isn't reported because it isn't there.

Posted by: Amy Alkon at January 25, 2007 9:10 AM

They also don't seem to care about Darfur, or the treatment of the Kurds, or Saddam's mass graves.

The Kurds are 4 times as numerous as the Palestinians and are treated far worse. How often do you hear Muslims complain about that?

Where are the mass protests outside the Sudanese embassay over the genocide in Darfur? Any Sudanese flags being burned?

They only care if non-Muslims are abusing (or can be seen as abusing) Muslims. If the Muslims are doing the abusing (regardless who the victims are) you wont hear a peep from the Islamic world.

Posted by: winston at January 25, 2007 3:13 PM

Indeed. It's obviously a ploy to come down on the west. They don't give a shit about other Muslims, or they'd say or do something. And barbarians are barbarians, whether to their own people or the rest of us. We're just a better target for criticism.

Posted by: Amy Alkon at January 25, 2007 4:06 PM

Free speech. A big part of democracy. We're waging a war in Iraq for their democracy. Not gonna work.
Winston good point, that's why I love Amy's blog.

Posted by: chicknlady at January 31, 2007 2:50 AM

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