Monday, February 06, 2006

The fury continues...

After Syria, the fires fanned by Denmark's anti-Prophet cartoons spread to Lebanon yesterday with sectarian intensity.

Anger flashing through the Muslim world over the weekend saw protesters burn Danish flags and attack buildings from Lahore to Gaza. The Islamic Army in Iraq, one of the main insurgent groups, made a blood-curdling call yesterday for violence against citizens of countries where caricatures of the Prophet Mohamed have been published.

It is obvious from the "comments" on this blog and throughout the blogosphere that people have pretty intense views about this issue. We can all agree that what's happening now is not good. What the world needs in not more religious bigotry and hatred.


The prime ministers of Spain and Turkey have issued a Christian-Muslim appeal for calm, saying "we shall all be losers if we fail to immediately defuse this situation."

Update #2

There have been charges that much of the outrage was orchestrated by Saudi Arabia. Here is Juan Cole's rebuttal.