From the Associated Press: Muslims Deplore Danish Muhammad Cartoons. Well, that’s one way to put it. The article itself suggests that “deplore” doesn’t quite cover the case:
Thousands of residents in the conservative Gaza Strip ruled by the militant Islamic Hamas movement marched in the Jebaliya refugee camp chanting: “What Denmark said is heresy.”
In Pakistan, hundreds of people rallied in various parts of the country, setting fire to Danish flags and demanding the Danish ambassador’s expulsion. And in Denmark, a prominent Danish imam urged rioting youth to stop setting fires and hurling rocks at police.
About 200 people held a similar rally in Multan, a main city in the eastern Punjab province, burning Danish flags and chanting “Death to the Cartoonist!” and “Boycott, boycott of European products!”
Mohammad Imran, a student leader from Islami Jamiat Talba, a student organization linked with Pakistan’s largest Islamic political group, Jamaat-e-Islami, called the cartoon “blasphemous.”
“We demand the rulers to sever diplomatic ties” with Denmark and Sweden for publishing the cartoons. “The cartoonist and publisher must be hanged.”
In the Muslim world, that isn’t just a figure of speech. Danish authorities uncovered a plot to murder one of the cartoonists. “Youths” in Copenhagen rioted, burning cars and destroying property:
This parade is in Pakistan:
All of this is now a sort of ballet, and arguably not worth commenting on. Except, perhaps, as a reminder that our growing tired of the subject of Islamic extremism won’t make it go away. Someone might mention that to Barack Obama.
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