OK, it's not really news that radical Muslims are mad and want to kill people ... that's just every Thursday for Osama and his boys.
But it's kinda funny that they now want to blow up anybody who laughed at a Danish newspaper's editorial cartoon depicting Mohammad with a bomb on his head. In fact, a terrorist mob armed with automatic weapons showed up at the European Union's offices in Gaza City, looking for somebody -- anybody -- to shoot. United Nations officials have been dragged into it. In Pakistan, mobs chanted "Death to Denmark!" and "Death to France!" It's funny to think of Denmark as a threat to Islam, isn't it? Denmark isn't even a threat to Finland.
Muslims consider it sacrilegious and blasphemous to depict the Prophet Mohammad in any way. And out of respect for the religion among most media outlets, you won't see the cartoon anywhere ... except the Internet, where nobody usually cares about anybody else's feelings. (OK, if you don't think Westerners have similarly strong feelings about images of their religious leaders, just ask Sinead O'Connor.)
I wonder: How can a culture that justifies crashing planes into buildings or beheading innocents find a piddling editorial cartoon too offensive?
Hunting for logic in the madrassahs of the Muslim world is fruitless. Logic is a head-thing, and radical Islamists listen only to the sour bile in their guts. We have Muslim media (al Jazeera) airing decapitation videos for the simple reason that radical Islamists know beheadings are highly provocative to Westerners ... but now radical Islamists are going (slightly more) insane over a newspaper cartoon?? Man, they need to cut back the caffeine in that Turkish coffee.
If Muslim countries wish to ban such idolatrous art, let 'em. But most Muslim nations put more energy into organizing "Death to America!" parades than election days. Why waste time debating issues when you can simply blow up the opposition? Why write a letter to the editor when you can just shoot your rival? Face it, terrorists generally aren't good listeners (or cuddlers, for that matter.) But, hey, it's their little corner of Hell, and if they wish, they should be free to set the thermostat on "high."
But a lot of nations in this world still have free presses, free expression, and really wicked editorial cartoonists. Radical Islamists with 12th century sensibilities have already made a too-big dent in the 21st century ... and when they arrive at democratic government offices and newsrooms with loaded weapons, they're no better than the "devil-dogs" they so gleefully decapitate. Haven't they seen how George Bush is portrayed in cartoons? And how long do you think before "South Park" has a Mohammad character dancing nekkid with 72 virgins?
Oh well. Editorial cartoonists' only reason for living is to get under somebody's skin. And now, one Danish cartoonist has found some readers who want to get under his skin ... with a scimitar.
PICTURED ABOVE: A real editorial cartoon from an Arab newspaper. Maybe it's me, but it seems to lack something ... oh yeah, humor. Kill the cartoonist!