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Reader comment on item: Something Rotten in Denmark?
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Submitted by Sword of Islam (United Kingdom), Mar 11, 2006 at 18:58

Probably because this was the SECOND time that the cartoons were published. There was no fuss the first time. Then, when they were published again months later, the Danish imams went on a tour of Middle Eastern leaders and basically told them a pack of lies and incorporated false 'cartoons' into their evidence to persuade them that this was an outrage.

If it was a genuine outrage there would have been a greater fuss back 6 months ago when the genuine cartoons were first published. Furthermore, the Danish government was accused of threatening to burn the Qu'ran in retaliation for any protests. Unless, of course, you operate under the belief that it is ok for Muslims to distribute blasphemous images of your Prophet but only a crime when it is done by non-believers. If this is a commonly held belief then at least admit it as being such. It is the only rational explanation if you genuinely believe that these imams were merely practising their 'freedom of speech" (despite the fact that it involved deliberate deception rather than artistic expression).

As far as I'm concerned, these cartoons were stupid and in bad taste but I was given the opportunity to reach this conclusion myself despite the fact that they were not published here (UK). Furthermore, I think it provided an opportune distraction given that it became an issue at the time of a huge number of deaths at the Haj as well as the eve of the threatened deadline given to Iran for it's anticipated referral to the UN Security Council for it's breach of the Nuclear Non Proliferation pact. The fact that the six-month old issue also coincided with the election of Hamas also seems opportunistic....

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