Cox & Forkum: Western Dhimmitude
With a great set of links on the Dhimmitude of the Western press:
Some on the left appear to be taking a “blame the victims” approach best exemplified by Antonia Zerbisias in Hate behind right-wing blogburst.
As Glenn Reynolds noted: “You’d expect lefties like Zerbisias to side with people like [Instapundit commenter] McDowell, and [Iraqi Muslim blogger] Zeyad, over a bunch of sexist, homophobic theocrats — but that would require that they side with America, too. Which is right out.” (Michelle Malkin also responded.)
Daniel Pipes has a must-read editorial on the subject: Cartoons and Islamic Imperialism.
Meanwhile, AP reported yesterday that Danish Companies Hurt by Muslim Boycott.
You can still help to counter the boycott by buying Danish products. A list of products and information available at the Buy Danish Web site.
Also yesterday, Jeff Jacoby noted that We are all Danes now.
Malkin notes that a couple of additional U.S. newspapers have since reprinted some of the cartoons.
We added this to an update yesterday, but it deservse reposting. From Speigel magazine: ‘Everyone Is Afraid to Criticize Islam’, an interview with Ayaan Hirsi Ali, the Dutch politician forced to go into hiding after the murder of filmmaker Theo van Gogh. (via Free Thoughts)
New York Press, like so many other publications, has suborned its own professed principles. For all the talk of freedom of speech, only the New York Sun locally and two other papers nationally have mustered the minimal courage needed to print simple and not especially offensive editorial cartoons that have been used as a pretext for great and greatly menacing violence directed against journalists, cartoonists, humanitarian aid workers, diplomats and others who represent the basic values and obligations of Western civilization. Having been ordered at the 11th hour to pull the now-infamous Danish cartoons from an issue dedicated to them, the editorial groupâ€”consisting of myself, managing editor Tim Marchman, arts editorJonathan Leaf and one-man city hall bureau Azi Paybarah, chose instead to resign our positions.
We have no desire to be free speech martyrs, but it would have been nakedly hypocritical to avoid the same cartoons we’d criticized others for not running, cartoons that however absurdly have inspired arson, kidnapping and murder and forced cartoonists in at least two continents to go into hiding.
Why is it important to publish the Danish cartoons? Thomas Kleine-Brockhoff, a bureau chief of the German newsweekly Die Zeit, explains why in The Washington Post: Tolerance Toward Intolerance. (via TIA Daily)
Muhammad Caricature Watch: Syrian Protesters Set Danish Embassy Ablaze Over Cartoon