E-mail of the day
"My personal opinion is that the cartoons in question are rather silly and in general bad taste, but that if certain cretins hadn't decided to start stirring things up (and adding into the mix three *TRULY OFFENSIVE* extra drawings that were *NOT* among those published by Jyllands-Posten), nothing would have happened. Goodness gracious me, these things were published in *SEPTEMBER* ! There was a bit of a stir then, which was limited to Denmark, and which by now was pretty much blown over. Instead, what have they obtained? Huge diffusion of those drawings, and (sadly) a rather stupid "competition" among certain rather disgusting elements in the net to draw the most offensive and horrid things about Mohammed imaginable and post them. I am not a Moslem, but I don't like that. At all. And I am sorry to say that, very possibly, this is a direct consequence of the actions of certain cretins who decided to start stirring things up. I am afraid of what may happen afterwards. I can tell you that people in Europe feel very deeply about freedom of the press. And I can tell you that people in Europe are feeling really pissed off about all this. The general feeling is: "I am *not* going to *stop* saying X because *you* tell me that it offends *your* religion". And this pissed-off-ness may well end up being expressed at the ballots in the next elections. I don't want to think it may happen, but I am afraid that, in the next elections, parties like the FN in France or the Vlaamse Blok in Belgium or the party of Geert Willems in Holland or the Danks Folkeparti in Denmark (the latter is already the third biggest in the Danish parliament) may well win *very* substantial gains, by capitalising on a wave of anti-islamic sentiment. And then everybody will be worse off. And mark my words: They will not fail to try and use all this mess! They will campaign by saying: "Remember what happened when...". The only good exit for this would be for all this ... stupidity ... to blow off and calm down *quickly*, in the next few weeks (at most), so that, in not more than a few months, it is forgotten. Otherwise, I have truly no idea of what the world will be like in the following years." I know what he means!