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Austin Bay's latest column is on the Cartoon Wars. And on his blog he observes: "The Danish 'Cartoon War' is an information warfare operation conducted by Islamist terror groups and at least two Middle Eastern dictatorships (Syria and Iran)."
All I can say is 'Duh'. The whole Islamic, or rather militant Islamic reaction to the Danish cartoons is a put up job. I can just picture a gathering of reactionary mullahs complaining about the lack of beheadings, shootings, and burnings of flags and buildings. "Hey, did you see those cartoons published in that Danish paper?" "oh yea, my son emailed them to me. That one of Mohammed with the bomb on his turban? A riot." "Yea, exactly. A 'riot'??" "huh" "We can use those to inflame our empty headed followers" "Hey, cool idea".
And reader Michael McDowell isn't having any of it:
Zerbisias condemns those Westerners who "claim to be morally superior." Well that is absolute horseshit. I am tired of being told not to judge other cultures through my "American lens" because I don’t understand their circumstances. I believe in equal rights without regard to race, religion, color, gender or country or origin. I believe in the freedom of homosexuals to marry and live freely in society. I believe in freedom of expression, and speech, and the free exchange of ideas. I believe in kindness, compassion, consideration, and that dogs make life better. I don’t "claim to be morally superior" to those ass-hat murderers; I am morally superior.
Indeed. You'd expect lefties like Zerbisias to side with people like McDowell, and Zeyad, over a bunch of sexist, homophobic theocrats -- but that would require that they side with America, too. Which is right out.