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I got into a discussion at another blog and was told I was just that.
The topic of discussion was the effect of the Mohammed cartoons. I noted a certain anti Muslim flavor to some comments and made note of the fact that the cartoons were a propaganda boon to Islamists. I was called wacko for my trouble.
I stand by that statement. I think the cartoons should have been published as a matter of freedom of speech but I think that Danish imams would not be exploiting them if there was nothing to exploit. And considering how the Dubai port deal went, I would say they accomplished their goal of making trouble.
It seems that after years of dealing with Islamists we still just don't get it. These people do not fly planes into buildings, blow up holy shrines, behead people in bloody living color so that we will think they are reasonable people. Whether it is AbuGhraib or the Koran in the toilet story the jihadis are oppurtunistic and ruthless and they will use any and all of our most cherished freedoms against us.
They will abuse and attack freedom of speech and expression. They will do their best to convince us that Islam is beyond redemption in an effort to bring about that much anticipated and longed for Apocalypse.
So of course the cartoons were propaganda, and very effective propaganda at that. More and more people in the west are prepared to see Osama and Zarqawi as the face of of Islam and of course that makes any possibility of trust or even tolerance that much more difficult.
And who benefits from that?
We still have to publish the cartoons and be prepared for the inevitable raving maniacs that take to the streets...but at the same time we can not let those maniacs win.
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