A year ago, ex-radical Muslim Maajid Nawaz found himself in the crosshairs of some of his brethren over what is possibly the most innocuous Mohammed cartoon ever drawn — seen in this Tweet:
I wrote about the ridiculous affair here.
One reason why I bring Nawaz up again is that the anger and death threats over the cartoon and the tweet tell us something about the discussion that ensued after the Charlie Hebdo massacre. What happened to Nawaz should cause us to question the idea that the French cartoons were so unpardonably “racist” and “hateful” that they drove people like the Kouachi brothers to the breaking point. Clearly, for Muslim extremists to react to a cartoon with fatwas and death threats, all it takes is something as perfectly bland and unobjectionable as the picture above.