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Double Standards

Reader comment on item: Cartoons and Islamic Imperialism

Submitted by Mohamed Al-Lawati (United States), Feb 8, 2006 at 01:17

While many westerns think that Muslims have double standards when dealing with the west, Muslims firmly believe that the west have the double standards when dealing with Islam.

To illustrate, when Ahmdai Najad, Iranian President, expressed his opinion about the Holocaust, he was strongly condemned by the UN and the majority of western countries.

In addition, Al-Manar TV, a Lebanese based tv is banned in the US, France, and few more European countries. Besides, there are few more Arabian TV channels that have recently been banned in some western countries.

These TV channels cover news in a very neutral way. Although they do allow their guests to express the freedom of speech when they talk, as other western TV channels, they provide a balanced coverage. Also, Ahmadi Najad has only expressed his point of view and asked for a dialogue on the Holocaust.

On the other hand, when a newspaper in the west has published offensive cartoons for prophet Muhammed, the Danish prime minister has even refused to meet with Muslim leaders in Denmark. He also refused to meet with ambassadors from Muslim countries. The US and EU as well as the UN have not condemned the newspaper or the Danish government. Not until the demonstrations and the boycott started, they barely talked.

Muslims, as my self, view that a double standard from the west world. Freedom of speech doesn't come unless people are talking and condemning Islam and Muslims believes. Many Muslims view that as a very organized post 9/11 anti-Islam campaign. This cartoon is just a very tiny part of this campaign which is supported by the western media, western organizations, and unfortunately western governments under the influence of some powerful groups in their countries.

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