February 12, 2006
Cartoons: Reasonable Protest
An item needing little added commentary, but something that deserves to be highlighted here in connexion with our prior comments: Muslim Crowds Decry Cartoons, Violent Retort.
Men and women, some pushing babies in strollers, crowded into Trafalgar Square as speakers not only denounced the cartoons as an unacceptable insult to the holiest figure in Islam, but also condemned the burning of embassies in Syria and Lebanon, deaths in Afghanistan and other violence that has come in response. "We want to move on to positive dialogue," said Anas Altikriti, a spokesman for the Muslim Association of Britain, which helped organize the rally. Police estimated the crowd at 5,000.
Now, which is better, dialogue with the moderate pious middle, or juvenile gratitious mini-jihads to pointlessly offend more people (a la our fine little islamophobe, Andrew Sullivan) and pointlessly play into hands of the extremists?
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We need more of this. And more reporting. And a comparison of this kind of protest vs the screwball kind.
Posted by: Shloky at February 12, 2006 09:15 PM
couldn't agree more with you.
i just hope nobody's gonna pick up on the tidbit that the speaker of the muslim association of britain is from saddam's hometown ...
Posted by: raf* at February 13, 2006 04:41 AM
Posted by: David Weman at February 13, 2006 12:00 PM
Ooh, we're nominated!
Posted by: eerie at February 13, 2006 01:11 PM
"which is better, dialogue with the moderate pious middle, or juvenile gratuitous jihads..." etc. etc. etc.
Obvious fallacy of the false alternative.
Posted by: Vinteuil at February 14, 2006 10:07 PM
Obvious pompously idiotic over-reading of a quick closing comment.
Posted by: The Lounsbury at February 14, 2006 10:11 PM
Ah - so it really is you, Collounsbury.
Sorry, I wasn't sure until the vulgar and pointless abuse kicked in.
Look, guy, you could be big time. But not this way.
Not this way.
Posted by: Vinteuil at February 15, 2006 06:12 PM
Vulgar? Don't be a whinging little prissy git. Nothing vulgar at all in my reply to your idiotic comment overreading my little closing line.
As for big time? Big time what? Blogger? Oh I shiver. Blogging is for fun.
Posted by: The Lounsbury at February 15, 2006 07:04 PM
Oh, Collounsbury. Your manners are as hopeless as your ideology.
You almost tempt me to the silly, old-fashioned, Marxist view that consciousness is determined by economic interest.
Posted by: Vinteuil at February 16, 2006 10:20 PM
As you wish. Afraid free markets and laissez-faire have proven themselves again and again.
Posted by: The Lounsbury at February 16, 2006 11:16 PM