Friday, February 03, 2006
France Soir cartoon
To give credit where credit is due, besides the Free Muslims, I read a quote supporting free speech and castigating the Muslim over-reation from al-Sistani, the Iraqi Shiite leader. The exceptions are to few.
The real story behind the Danish cartoons -- someone in Dmark was trying to find artists to illustrate a childrens' book about Islam, but artists all said they were scared it would be seen as controversial. So the Jyllands Posten gathered a few daring cartoonists willing to participate in a test to see how hypersensitive the Muslims are, and how far European PC goes.
It looks like they have been wildly successful in generating experimental data.
I all for testing the boundaries to establish precedent and insure that freedom is their when others may want to take advantage of it. There used to be a time when defending the most obnoxious speech was hailed as a necessary act to insure a principle. Maybe I’m wrong but I sense a change. And that’s worrisome.
I’m disappointed in the lack of solidarity by the American press. And, of course, the weak-kneed response by the State Dept. that you mentioned.
I was too ill to go to the NYU "cartoon jihad" debate. Pamela did and reports here.
I've received copies of letter by NYU grads Erika and Henry Holtzer. I can e-mail you if you e-mail me your address.
It seems, if these reports are correct, that the school threatened, at the last moment, that if the cartoons were to be displayed, the school would block the entry of non-students who had duly aquired tickets through the normal channel. The student group decided that given that choice, they wanted the audience. The school is boasting that they didn't stop the showing of the cartoons but it was a choice by the student sponsors.
"I'll make them an offer they can't refuse." - Mario Puzo