Thursday, February 09, 2006

Thoughts on the Riots over a Cartoon
from the mind of  ME=mc^2.

My optimisim about demcracy in the middle east -- most notably Iraq and Afghanistan -- has been badly shaken lately as the entire Islamic world -- from Indonesia to Morroco seems to be aflame in violent protests over a cartoon published in a Danish newspaper. These demostrations show that there is no sense of proportion in the Islamic world and that the sort of radical Islamic fundamentalism often blamed for such behavior enjoys relatively mainstream support throughout the Islamic world. It is manifestly opposed to freedom of speech, freedom of the press, and freedom of religion. And without these things, democracy doesn't tend to last.

One of the comments, usually made by pundits on the right, is that the belief that muslims aren't ready for democracy is actually quite racist. However, we in the west have learned to keep our expectations suitably low when in comes to muslim behavoir. And yet they still consistently fail to meet even those lowered expectations for civilized behavoir.

I've come to the conclusion that 99% of muslims give the rest a bad name.


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