quote:Originally posted by Faheem:
These cartoons as most articles have noted were first published in September, the protest against these cartoons began then. The protest were all peaceful, the Danish Muslim community wrote letters, Muslim leaders asked to meet with the Danish Prime Minister when he refused there was a grassroot boycott of Danish products, this happen from September through January. In response to these non-violent and peaceful protest the European newspaper communty responded by printing the cartoons over in several Newspaper, basically saying to the non-violent protestors "go to hell". This is when all hell broke loose, the peaceful means to getting a response was ignored thus the Muslim world turned to the only thing White folk seem to understand Violence.
Now that you know the truth what is your response, is it still the same, do you see the violence in the same light? peaceful protest were tried for nearly five months but white folk don't understand anything bt violence, so the response has turned to that.
Doesn't change anything for me. I'm not going to pretend to understand this mindset. And I think Kresge is right, that the newspapers aren't beyond reproach. But just because the European media was intransigent in their response to boycotts and protests, doesn't lead me to think violence is in any way a justifiable next resort for the aggrieved. And like I said, in this case it's even stupider IMO, in the face of the subject matter of the cartoon.