Sunday, February 05, 2006
First, let me say, this is fabulous news. Responding to cartoons with cartoons is how a civilization works. From there it slowly builds up to rational dialog, but these things take time (on both sides). Well done.
A Belgian-Dutch Islamic political organization posted anti-Jewish cartoons on its Web site in response to the cartoons of the prophet Mohammed that appeared in Danish papers last year and offended many Muslims. [...]
One of the AEL cartoons displayed an image of Dutch Holocaust victim Anne Frank in bed with Adolf Hitler, and another questioned whether the Holocaust actually occurred.
Second, I find this cartoon quite offensive just by its description. The artist should be ashamed of himself for having drawn it, even as he (or she) should be proud of himself (or herself) for having done nothing worse.
Life is so full of these contradictions. If we could all just learn to cope with them rather than the certainies of burning down buildings and killing people. We'll see if this calms the mobs. I don't plan to reprint the new cartoons here, but rest assured, they should spread pretty quickly without threat of fatwa.
UPDATE: As others, notably Judeopundit and Jewish Freak, have pointed out these latest cartoons can be considered a response to the Danish Mohammad cartoons only up to, and no further than, than the point at which they drag Jews in yet again as the scapegoat source of Islamic anger. So, while I remain pleased to see at least some Muslims groping for a non-violent response to non-violent slights, I am disgusted at where they are groping. But I guess that's progress.
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