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Submitted by Despott (United Kingdom), Feb 6, 2006 at 15:52

I just have to express my utter disgust at the reaction of muslims over the opinions of a single cartoonist in denmark. I'm sure everyone here is well aware of the backstory that's stirred the muslim world again. But, to burn down embassies, call for beheadings, threaten to kidnap, glorifying the london bombings.... etc etc, well, it just goest to further reinforce the ideas that were being put across in the first place with those cartoons. Can muslims not see that?

What bothers me even further, is that muslim leaders never really condemn the actions and threats carried out by muslim fanatics. One such justification by a prominent muslim who writes in a national newspaper was "their prophet has been mocked, they feel insulted and angry" but a defence that I hear thrown around so much is "these are not views held by most muslims". I'd hardly call that a slamming condemnation of islamic extremists threatening to bomb europe and cut the throats of those who insult islam. Also, I just witnessed an interview with a muslim leader on channel 4 news, who went on to say that the person responsible for the cartoon should be tried in an islamic court and executed. If Islam is supposed to be a religion of peace and harmony, then why is an islamic leader calling for the execution of a man, who at the end of the day, just drew a few lines in a newspaper in a country that values its freedom of speech? When these views are aired live on national television by muslim leaders, is at any wonder the rest of the world see them as bloodthirsty savages?

If this whole farce hadn't been caused by these cartoons... which were published five months ago by the way, then it would have just been something else. I think this is biggest case overreaction I've ever witnessed. It just stinks of wanting to cause trouble for the sake of it.

There's so many other issues of hypocrisy and double standards in the islamic world I could get into that really bother me, like the fact they choose to flee their own lands and take refuge in england, which then offers them state handouts and the chance of a great education in a free society, only for them to later turn around and spit venom at the country that gave them so much opportunity and freedom. Or the sheer stupidity and ignorance of young muslims who go to these demonstrations of hate against the western world.... all the while kitted out in nike tracksuits, reebok trainers and adidas baseball caps. Which further reinforces my views of causing trouble for the sake of it. I could go on and on...

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