His cartoon depicted the prophet Muhammad in a turban with a stick of dynamite protruding from the top. Muslims failed to see Westergaard's cartoon as satire. Instead, they saw in it a defamatory and humiliating message: Muslims are terrorists.So naturally terrorism was the only response.
Humiliation is a devastating feeling. But most people who are insulted will accept an apology. If an apology had been forthcoming from the then prime minister, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, that probably would have been the end to it – but none came, and the humiliation was compounded.Why should the Prime Minister of Denmark apologise for someone exercising their freedom to express themselves? Salman Rushdie apologised for the Satanic Verses but fanatics still want him dead.
Three months later several imams packed their briefcases and laptops and booked flights to the Middle East. They carried with them a 43-page document, created by a group of Danish Muslim clerics from multiple organisations. This so-called Akkari-Laban dossier was designed to present their case and solicit support for their outrage. Denmark became an "enemy of Islam" and this resulted in the nation's worst foreign policy crisis since the second world war.She is missing one important point about the dossier, they included bogus defamatory images of Mohammed that never appeared in any Danish newspaper. In other words the people who made the dossier implicitly acknowledged that the original Mo-toons weren't actually very offensive at all.
Why did the editors of Jyllands-Posten want to mock Islam in this way?To make a point about freedom of expression.
Danes fail to perceive the fact that they have developed a society deeply suspicious of religion. This is the real issue between Denmark and Muslim extremists, not freedom of speech!?
The free society precept is merely an attempt to give the perpetrators the moral high ground when actually it is a smokescreen for a deeply rooted prejudice, not against Muslims, but against religion per se. Muslims are in love with their faith. And many Danes are suspicious of anyone who loves religion.When the people who love their religion use it as an excuse to attempt murder the suspicions don't seem to be unreasonable.
Where exactly does the Guardian manage to find all these Danish citizens and residents who are such complete doormats?