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Timeline of Protest ( Or the Story of "Spontaneous Rioting"

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Submitted by Dan Elias (United States), Feb 7, 2006 at 15:00

The recent diatribe following the appearance of cartoons in the Danish, Norwegian and other European Newspapers smacks of orchestrated "spontaneity". Consider the following timeline of events in case you belong to those who are still spoon fed by the mainstream media and their sensationalist reporting tendencies.


1. September/ October 2005 : The "offensive" ( To whom? , Are the sensitivities of Muslims who form under 2% of the Danish population and hardly likely to be readers of "Jyllandes Posten", a self-confessed right-wing newspaper to be considered before they go on with the publication of each and every article?)

2. October 2005 :Self styled leaders of Muslims cry fowl and ask for "immediate apology" to be later joined by mainstream Danish Muslims who demand "unconditional apology". Some of them write to the editors of the "offending" newspaper, meetings are held to "explain" the "outrage" that Muslims feel at the desecration of their prophet.

3. October 2005 : The editor of the newspaper expresses his "understanding" of the "feelings" of Danish Muslims but no apology is forthcoming, he still keeps crooning about "Freedom of Speech"

4. December 2005 : Angered by the lack of response Muslim leaders in Denmark and Norway dispatch a delegation of Muslims to the capitals of Islamic Nations to "explain how the sentiments of 1.3 Billion Muslims. ( This increasingly sounds more like a threat than anything else! Time and again in this drama enacted world wide this 1.3 Billion figure has been touted as if it were enough to bring the world down on its knees and pay obeiscence to the sheer numerical strength of the Muslims.) This coincides with the Organization of Islamic Conference ( O.I.C.) meeting at which delegates are shown the "offending" cartoons and where a few more included among the orginal twelve- most notably one showing Mohammed with the head of a pig, which mysteriously springs up out of thin air.( Given that the offending cartoons were already printed in the newspaper in September 2005, one cannot but logically attribute the rest of the cartoons, notably transmorgifying "Mohammed and the Pig" to any other source other than the leader of the delegation of Danish Muslims attending the conference, who went there with the express mandate of attracting the "Muslim World" to the "injustice" being perpetrated in Denmark against Islam- the right honourable Ahmed Abdel Rahman Abu Laban, who has more than a few things to his credit as can be seen here )http://counterterror.typepad.com/the_counterterrorism_blog/2006/02/fabricated_cart.html

5. Late January 2006: At the drop of a hat, "spontaneous"protests begin across the "Arab World" and other Islamic countries against the desecration of Islam. Saudi Arabia recalls it's Ambassador, Libya closes it's embassy and diplomats from other Islamic nations call on Denmark to apologize only to be snubbed by the Danish Premier who says that he finds no reason for his country to apologize for somebody exercising their freedom of speech. Calls for boycott of Danish products issued in the Islamic world find resonance and dairy farm products and other food produce from Denmark, which Industry estimates put at under 5% of Danish exports face the punch. Supermarkets and stores across the Arab countries publish list of Danish product which they urge their consumers to boycott. French,German,Dutch, Polish,Bulgarian,Italian,Spanish, re-publish the cartoons in question- with predictable response of indignation and further calls to boycott products of those countries ( If things go at this rate
then the people of these countries would well have to go hungry and naked, in addition to renouncing almost all the comforts of modern life, as almost all of the products sold in these countries come from Europe, U.S. and Japan.)

6. Early February 2006: "Spontaneous Rioters" torch Danish and Norwegian Embassies in Syria and Lebanon and also damage the embassies at Jakarta and Cairo.Calls for calm fall on deaf ears and the governmets of these countries heave a collective sigh of relief at being able to divert the attention of their populace from pressing problems of endemic corruption, nepotism and lack of freedom and democracy.


And the story goes on........and on,,,,,,,,,,,,,,and on...........................
Submitting....

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