what gets me is the hypocrisy..
"Whoever defames our Prophet should be executed"
"Bin Laden our beloved, Denmark must be blown up"
"Long live Islam. Destroy our enemies"
"Death to Denmark" and "Death to France,"
An imam at the Omari Mosque in Gaza City told 9,000 worshippers that those behind the drawings should have their heads cut off.
"If they want a war of religions, we are ready," Hassan Sharaf, an imam in Nablus, said in his sermon.
"God willing, they are going to face a hard time, have a collapse in their economy and God also will avenge his prophet. It won't be a surprise if a new tsunami or strong earthquake will hit (Denmark)."
yes, that's right, hurt the feelings of Muslims. didn't chop their heads off, blow them up, or in any other way harm them.
"It's an uncivilized act. It's heinous"
"vicious, outrageous and provocative campaign that has hurt the faith and feelings of Muslims all over the world."
thank you. it's not rocket science.
In Baghdad, Iraq's top Shiite cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, denounced publication of the caricatures. However, he suggested that militant Muslims were partly to blame for projecting "a distorted and dark image of the faith of justice, love and brotherhood."
the situation is unfortunate, but it didn't just happen out of the blue, and behaviour such as that exhibited by those responsible for the above responses to the cartoons are exactly why they were drawn in the first place.
bottom line, they were disrespectful, but it is not the responsibility of government to decide what papers can and cannot print, and this animosity towards entire countries based on the actions of a few is not only absolutley rediculous, but it is serving only to create yet more animosity towards Islam, when it would have been so easy to use the situation to garner support.
so why are Muslim leaders not chastising Muslims for their absurd behaviour? it does not make their complaints about the cartoons any less valid, yet their silence on the issue certainly does.
the Muslim world is in desperate need of serious introspection, though i suppose it's much easier to continually distract oneself with external conflicts than to take a good hard look within.