Thursday, February 02, 2006

Free the press

While former president Clinton and p.c. media lapdogs attack the Danish newspaper that first ran the inciting cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad, European publications are standing behind their own.

According to the BBC, seven newspapers in France, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy and Spain have carried some of the drawings, which have sparked protests across the Muslim world. I love it ... we shouldn't curb our freedoms just to appease a people who have (and want) none.

Reporters Without Borders said the Arab reaction "betrays a lack of understanding" of press freedom as "an essential accomplishment of democracy."

They could've said the same about the owner of one of the papers to reprint --- France Soir --- which has now sacked a top editor over the matter, the BBC reports. Its owner, Raymond Lakah, said he had removed managing editor Jacques Lefranc "as a powerful sign of respect for the intimate beliefs and convictions of every individual."

The president of the French Council of the Muslim Faith (CFCM), Dalil Boubakeur, had described France Soir's publication as an act of "real provocation towards the millions of Muslims living in France."

Isn't it the terrorist who are the real provocateurs here? Without them, these cartoons --- which include drawings of Muhammad wearing a headdress shaped like a bomb, with a caption that paradise was running short of virgins for suicide bombers --- would have not been necessary.

"The protests from Muslims would be taken more seriously if they were less hypocritical," Berlin's Die Welt newspaper wrote in an editorial.

I propose this solution: stop blowing up women and children, and we'll stop pointing it out.

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