Saturday, February 11, 2006
Manipulation of Muslims
The reaction of the Muslim World to the cartoons came as a shock to me.
Prophet Muhammad has been insulted in cartoons, and the damage has been done, however more than 99% of Muslims did not see the cartoons and refuse to see them but want all actions to be taken against those who published them.
After the Danish cartoons were published, many newspapers across Europe, America and New Zealand published the cartoons and other similar ones. The offical university daily newspaper here in Tucson published a cartoon showing Prophet Muhammad in a disrespectful manner. The danish newspaper apologized, however Denmark is the only country that Muslims want to boycot. Why?
Why not France?
Why not Spain?
Why not America again?
If people were to follow the same principals, more than 15 countries should be on the list now.
Why aren't Muslims boycotting these countries? Why Denmark and not other countries?
Since 9/11, Islam and the image of Islam and Prophet Muhammad have been insulted hundreds if not thousands of times. I have seen and heard a lot jokes about the Prophet in many aspects that I wouldn't even mention here because of their offensive nature. Just the least of examples is a complete episode of South Park where the Prophet was shaped as a cartoon and i assumed that would truly offensive, yet I have not seen any action from any Muslim community.
Do Muslims living away from the West really think that those cartoons are the worst offence of the first one aginst Islam? Have they been so much isolated from the West or are they being manipulated by some people who give them the green light when to protest and when not to.
Aren't many journalist drawing more cartoons and using more offensive language these days as a reaction to the what happened in the Muslim world? How do you expect them to stop? Will Muslims keep boycotting countries all over the world till the end of this world?
Many people claim that the campaign was a victory. The victory they see is not having cartoonists publishing offensive cartoons of the Prophet. Now here you can step back for a while and remember that in case that happened, they won't be insulting the Prophet because of threats to their economy and safety of their embassies, but not out of their respect to Islam or the Prophet. If you call this a victory you got a problem.
Besides, don't forget God. God for Muslims and all believers is more important than the Prophet but he was and will always be insulted day and night. Truth hurts.