Saturday, February 4
Islam: not so good at PR
BBC reports that the Danish embassy has been burned in Syria because of the mohammed cartoons.
The Gaurdian reports the following popular slogans being used at rallies throughout the Mideast:
"Britain, you will pay, 7/7 on its way"*
"Strike, strike Osama"
"Kill the one who insults the Prophet"
"The only way this will be resolved, is if those who are responsible are turned over so they can be punished by Islamic law, so that they can be executed"
The Vatican's message seems emminently reasonable in the midst of this global chaos:
"Freedom is a great virtue but it must be shared and it must not be unilateral. Freedom of satire that offends the feelings of others becomes an abuse, and here we are talking about nothing less than the feelings of entire peoples who have seen their supreme symbols affected."
British Muslim leader, in turn, says that the protests themselves are irresponsible use of free speech. A similarly reasonable position, though he appears to be one in billion.
*This is especially curious, since Britain didn't publish any of the cartoons..