Fight The Bullies Of Islam
Something very important is
happening in Denmark—a showdown over freedom, tolerance,
and their wolfish menaces in religious clothing. So,
please, turn off "American
Idol," put down the Game Boy for a moment, and
pay attention. This does affect you.
Last October, a Danish newspaper
called the Jyllands-Posten published a dozen
cartoons of the
prophet Muhammad. The illustrations included various
depictions of the prophet Muhammad, some innocuous
(Muhammad walking in a pasture) and a few with
provocative references to radical Islamic terrorism. One
showed Muhammad with a bomb in his turban; another had
Muhammad wielding a sword in front of two, wide-eyed
Muslim women covered in black abayas; another
featured a cartoonist hunched over his desk, sweating in
fear, as he drew Muhammad in suicide bomb-like apparel.
The newspaper was making a vivid
editorial point about European artists` fear of
retaliation for drawing any pictures of Muhammad at all.
(Remember: It`s been a little over a year since Dutch
Theo van Gogh was murdered by an Islamist gunman
over his movie criticizing
violence against women in Islamic societies.) A
Danish author had reported last fall that he couldn`t
find an illustrator for a book about Muhammad; the
Jyllands-Posten editors rose to the challenge by
calling on artists to send in their submissions and
publishing the 12 entries they received in response
The reaction to the cartoons has
resoundingly confirmed the fears those artists expressed
about radical Islamic intolerance and violence. In fact,
the Jyllands-Posten reported, two of the
illustrators received death threats and went into
hiding. The Pakistani Jamaaat-e-Islami party placed a
5,000-kroner bounty on the cartoonists` heads. A
terrorist outfit called the "Glory Brigades" has
threatened suicide bombings in Denmark over the artwork.
Despite how relatively tame the
pictures actually are (compared not only to
Western standards, but also to the vicious,
anti-Semitic propaganda regularly churned out by Arab
cartoonists), the drawings have literally inflamed the
radical Muslim world and its apologists. Eleven Muslim
ambassadors to Copenhagen immediately protested to
Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen demanding
retractions from the newspaper. The ambassador of Turkey
urged Rasmussen to call the Jyllands-Posten
to account for "abusing Islam in the name of
democracy, human rights and
freedom of expression."
Rasmussen, in a rare show of
European spine, steadfastly refused to appease the
As a result, anti-Denmark sentiment
has simmered over the last four months, and it boiled
over this past week. In Gaza City, masked Palestinian
gunmen representing the so-called Religion of Peace
raided a European Union office to protest the cartoons.
Muslims burned Danish flags and banners depicting
Rasmussen (American and
Norwegian flags, as well as portraits of President
Bush, were thrown into the fire for good measure). A
Arla Foods, reports that two of its employees in
Saudi Arabia were
beaten by angry customers. Danish aid workers are
evacuating Gaza in fear for their lives.
The country now faces an
international boycott from Muslim nations whose
fist-clenched protesters led chants this week of
"War on Denmark, Death to Denmark" while firing
bullets in the air.
Soft-on-terror mouthpieces are
blaming the messenger for the conflagration. Former
appeaser-in-chief Bill Clinton condemned the
"appalling" and "totally outrageous." Where was
Clinton`s condemnation of the gun-wielding,
death-threat-issuing, flag-burning bullies of Islam who
have targeted Denmark for jihad?
On the Internet,
supporters of free speech have launched a
"Buy Danish" campaign in solidarity with the
nation under siege. But this isn`t just about Denmark.
American-based Muslim activists are on an angry campaign
stifle the speech of talk show hosts (most
recently, KFI morning host
Bill Handel in Los Angeles) who
offend their sensibilities. And on Tuesday afternoon
in advance of the State of the Union address, the
Council on American-Islamic Relations issued an
ultimatum warning President Bush to "avoid the
use of hot-button terms such as `Islamo-fascism,`
`militant jihadism,` `Islamic radicalism` or
`totalitarian Islamic empire`" in his speech—in
other words, advising Bush not to identify our enemies
for the sake of tolerance and diversity.
First, they came for the
cartoonists. Then, they came for the filmmakers and talk
show hosts and namers of evil. Next, who knows?
Michelle Malkin [email
her] is author of
Invasion: How America Still Welcomes Terrorists,
Criminals, and Other Foreign Menaces to Our Shores.
here for Peter Brimelow`s review. Click
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Michelle Malkin`s latest book is "Unhinged:
Exposing Liberals Gone Wild."
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