Tarry for the Nonce

February 9, 2006

The Hate Continues

Filed under: Politics — lmwalker @ 5:59 pm

Oh, and did you know that those offensive cartoons are really Bush’s fault?

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5 Comments

  1. Laura, by now you should understand that everything is Bush’s fault, from solar flares to dryer lint to three of the Spice Girls.

    Comment by Toly — February 9, 2006 @ 10:34 pm

  2. To be fair, Bush is not responsible for dryer lint.

    Comment by Troy — February 10, 2006 @ 12:56 pm

  3. I’m not sure that it is fair to describe the linked essay as arguing that “those offensive cartoons are really Bush’s fault.”

    The following passage is by no means Bush-specific:


    I wonder, though, what the reaction would have been, say, 30 years ago. My guess is that it would have been more letter-writing than rock-throwing. People don’t normally burn down embassies over a few cartoons in a newspaper they’ve never even heard of, much less ever read. The widespread hair-trigger outrage, I think, grows out of a sense that the world of Islam has been used and abused for many years by a powerful and evil entity called “the West” — and that this mistreatment is getting worse, not better.

    And the following really only seems to suggest that Bush is not the best person to lecture Muslims about the values of liberal democracy:


    But eventually the focus of this conflict will shift back to the United States, the undisputed leader of “the West.” With all his talk of freedom as a universal right, President Bush pretends to understand that U.S. support of corrupt dictatorships in places such as Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan contributes to the feeling that Muslims are under attack and helps give strength to fundamentalism and jihad. Yet the Bush administration continues to prop up these same autocrats, some of whom happen to sit on huge reserves of oil, while giving little more than lip service to those in the crowds that took to the streets over some undistinguished Danish cartoons.

    This whole conflict has been an educational look at a true clash of civilizations. I don’t think that anyone is (or can, honestly, at least) blaming Bush for it.

    Comment by Troy — February 10, 2006 @ 1:16 pm

  4. I disagree, and believe this to have been a planned response, as others have been hinting at. Apparently there were some clerics running around with cartoons that weren’t published. However, at this point I don’t have a source, so its all speculation and hearsay.

    When it comes right down to it, those who rioted are responsible for their behavior and lack of civilized response.

    Our responsibilities lie in our actions, and we are tested when we are challenged and insulted; our response to intimidation, criticism, and ridicule reflects our true character and, in turn, echoes our destiny.

    Comment by Andrew P. — February 10, 2006 @ 3:05 pm

  5. I agree, Andrew.

    Comment by Troy — February 10, 2006 @ 5:12 pm


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