Saturday, February 11, 2006

And the Train Keeps Chugging Along

From msnbc:
A prominent Iranian newspaper said Tuesday it would hold a competition for cartoons on the Holocaust to test whether the West extends the principle of freedom of expression to the Nazi genocide as it did to the caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad.

Hamshahri, one of Iran’s largest papers, made clear the contest is a reaction to European newspapers’ publication of Danish cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad, which have led to demonstrations, boycotts and attacks on European embassies across the Islamic world. Several people have been killed.

OK, so you want to test the West's tolerance of offensive material? Or Israel's? I bet that they won't be burning your embassy in any EU capital. You don't have any in Israel so you can't quite test there. I bet they won't go on the streets to protest your publication of Holocaust cartoons. You do however contradict your own (Iranian) president's claim that the Holocaust never happened. Are you calling him a liar? Of course not.

If anything, these Islamic protesters need to learn how to behave in a mature fashion. For goodness sake, it is the 21st Century.


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