February 8, 2006
No Longer Funny
Islamic protests over cartoons published in Demark have now turned deadly. The original fuss was kicked up over charges of blasphemy. Its a violation of Islam to picture the Mohammed, which these cartoons did. Protests are happening all over, and several European Embassies in the Middle East have been attacked. All of the deaths have occurred in Afghanistan when protesters tried to storm NATO bases. My guess is that this really isn't about cartoons. You do not try and storm a US base shouting "Death to America" over Danish cartoons. I think every bit of anti-western hatred, local disputes and ever rabble rouser wanting to make a name for themselves is getting caught up in this.