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Rantings of a Sandmonkey

Be forewarned: The writer of this blog is an extremely cynical, snarky, pro-US, secular, libertarian, disgruntled sandmonkey. If this is your cup of tea, please enjoy your stay here. If not, please sod off

Wednesday, February 08, 2006


Sully weighs in his opinion on, well, you know it's about the cartoon, this blog has been obsessed with those cartoons for the past week, something needs to be done about this, a change of sorts. Anyway, where was I? Oh Yeah, Sully's opinion on the whole thing: I have yet to find an opponent of Jyllands-Posten's decision to publish the cartoons who is prepared to defend the mob violence and intimidation that has ensued. What I find instead is a mealy-mouthed equation between "extremists on both sides." I find the equivalence troubling. There is simply no equivalence between people who merely want to publish and people who use the veiled threat of violence to intimidate them. But I have learned one thing: I wasn't as aware as I should have been of the razor-edge sensitivity of many Muslims to any depiction of their faith that is not completely orthodox. All I can say is that a self-confident faith is not this defensive and touchy. It can and must brush off provocation, or be consumed by it. Touche...


At 2/08/2006 02:32:00 AM, Blogger Kat said...

I hate to be the pessimist, but I wonder if people like Mohammed, Sandmonkey, the Pharoah, ibn Warraq and many other liberal Arabs received the message I saw in the "butcher the unbelievers"?

It might have been aimed at the West or Denmark or any other country or people in the West in particular, but I think that is too simple considering the plethora of images of Islam, MOhammed and violence amongst other representations that have not evoked such violent outbursts. This message seemed to be the "either you are with us or against us" version of the speech.

the part that says "good Muslims" shut up and do what the mob does and says while "bad" Muslims, kufirs, unbelievers, apostates (anyone that does not agree with them anyway) do what they wish and are, by extent of their lack of interest in becoming a good Muslim.

It's a message to our liberal Muslim friends: get on the train or get decapitated.

At 2/08/2006 02:38:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

a little bit off topic: you're too good to be true :)
I admire your courage :top:

At 2/08/2006 04:46:00 AM, Blogger Jordan said...

Its a shame that Sullivan migrated to America... he would have made one great British prime minister!

You have to admire an openly gay, socially liberal, fiscally conservative Republican. Of course, republicans would never take advantage of his superb intellect... their loss.


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