A Lebanese Islamist stands outside the burning Danish consulate in Beirut February 5, 2006. Angry demonstrators set the Danish consulate in Beirut ablaze on Sunday and the violent turn in protests over publication of cartoons of Prophet Mohammad drew condemnation from European capitals and moderate Muslims.
Reuters: Danish consulate in Beirut ablaze
Angry demonstrators set the Danish consulate in Beirut ablaze on Sunday and the violent turn in protests over publication of cartoons of Prophet Mohammad drew condemnation from European capitals and moderate Muslims.
Syrians set fire to the Danish and Norwegian embassies in Damascus on Saturday. They damaged the Swedish embassy and tried to storm the French mission but were held off by riot police.
The Danish Foreign Ministry urged Danes on Sunday to leave Lebanon and advised its citizens not to travel there. Police fired tear gas to disperse the protest of about 20,000 people.
As peaceful demonstrations turned to ransacking Danish diplomatic offices and burning them in Syria and Lebanon, world leaders as well as prominent moderate Muslims appealed for calm and said such violence damaged the image of Islam worldwide.
“This has nothing to do with Islam at all,” Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Siniora told Future television. “Destabilizing security and vandalism give a wrong image of Islam. Prophet Mohammad cannot be defended this way.”
Violence over the publication of these cartoons is BS and as it continues the image of Islam continues to suffer in the world community.
Michelle Malkin has ANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER EMBASSY TORCHED
Jeff Jacoby: “We are all Danes now“
Mark Steyn: “‘Sensitivity’ can have brutal consequences“
David Warren: “The Rage“
Austin Bay: It’s not a row. It’s a war.
Instapundit’s Glenn and Helen podcast is up: Timely and excellent as usual. Guests are Austin Bay, Jim Dunnigan of StrategyPage and milblogger Michael Yon. Must-listen.
The Small Wars Journal has a comprehensive repository of news links and background on the escalating war.
Muhammad Caricature Watch: Syrian Protesters Set Danish Embassy Ablaze Over Cartoon