Yakoub the Muslim Anarchist captures my scorn for all this Europe-is-under-siege-from-Muslim-extremism rhetoric:
To claim publishing these cartoons is in any way a defiant act is like saying shooting fish in a barrel is shark fishing. Europeans have been vomiting all over the Islamic faith since the crusades, and contemporary examples pile layer upon layer of hatred and prejudice – whether it be Rushdie’s Satanic Verses or Daniel Pipes’ campus watch. Freedom of speech my backside! Well, here’s my freedom of speech response to those responsible for this act of heresy:
I WOULDN’T WANT TO BE IN YOUR SHOES ON JUDGEMENT DAY!
I’m reminded of the old observation that freedom of speech means freedom to speak if you happen to own a printing press.
This BBC article sheds some light on the situation. Its highlighting of the power of the modern media to create new crises is particularly important to remember.