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Muhammad cartoons 'global crisis'
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/4690338.stm ^

Posted on 02/07/2006 3:42:56 PM PST by traumer

Denmark's PM has described the row over cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad as a "global crisis", as he called for Muslims to refrain from violence.

Anders Fogh Rasmussen said extremists seeking "a clash of cultures" were exploiting the dispute over the images, which first appeared in Denmark. Protests continued worldwide on Tuesday, spreading to West Africa.

In Afghanistan at least three demonstrators died as they tried to storm a Norwegian-led base. The satirical cartoons - which have been reproduced in a number of European newspapers - have been denounced throughout the Islamic world. They include an image portraying Muhammad with a bomb in his turban.

Islamic tradition explicitly prohibits any depiction of Allah and the Prophet.

'False picture'

Mr Rasmussen told a news conference in Copenhagen "we are now facing a growing global crisis" over the cartoons.

CARTOON ROW 30 Sept 2005: Danish paper publishes cartoons 20 Oct: Muslim ambassadors complain to Danish PM 10 Jan 2006: Norwegian publication reprints cartoons 26 Jan: Saudi Arabia recalls its ambassador 30 Jan: Gunmen raid EU's Gaza office demanding apology 31 Jan: Danish paper apologises 1 Feb: Papers in France, Germany, Italy and Spain reprint cartoons 4 Feb: Syrians attack Danish and Norwegian embassies in Damascus 5 Feb: Protesters sack Danish embassy in Beirut

How the row unfolded Cartoon row: Your views

He urged Muslims to refrain from violence, saying the row was being exploited by extremists.

"We need to resolve this issue through dialogue, not violence," he said.

He condemned the attacks on Danish embassies by Muslim protesters angered by the cartoons.

"The Danish people are not enemies of Islam," he insisted.

"We're seeing ourselves characterised as an intolerant people or as enemies of Islam as a religion. That picture is false. Extremists and radicals who seek a clash of cultures and religions are spreading it," Mr Rasmussen said.

"[This] is a very unpleasant situation for Danes, we're not used to this," he added.

Danish PM Anders Fogh Rasmussen I want to appeal and reach out to all people and countries in the Muslim world - let us work together in the spirit of mutual respect and tolerance Anders Fogh Rasmussen

He thanked international leaders who had offered support, including US President George W Bush, who "called to express support and solidarity with Denmark", the PM said.

Earlier, Denmark said it held Iran responsible after its Tehran embassy was attacked by hundreds of people protesting about the cartoons.

Iran has banned Danish imports and halted trade ties.

European Commission spokesman Johannes Laitenberger said it was considering its response as "a boycott of Danish goods is by definition a boycott of European goods".

The European Union is Iran's main trading partner, although only 170 million euros ($204m; £116m) of the 11.8 billion euro trade in 2004 was with Denmark.

Separately, a Danish aid group has suspended operations in war-torn Chechnya after the Russian-backed administration there banned all Danish organisations.

The Danish Refugee Council, which provides food to tens of thousands in Chechnya, said it hoped the suspension would be temporary.

Base stormed

The anti-Danish protests have been repeated across the Muslim world, and have led to at least eight deaths in Afghanistan and one in Somalia.

The latest three deaths in Afghanistan came on Tuesday in an exchange of gunfire with Afghan police and Nato peacekeepers in the north-western town of Meymaneh, witnesses said.

Nato peacekeepers sent 120 British reinforcements to the town after hundreds of Afghans protesting at the cartoons attacked a Norwegian-led base.

At least 30 people were hurt, the director of health for Faryab province told the BBC.

A Nato spokeswoman said the crowd tried to break into the compound, where about 100 soldiers from Norway and Finland are based.

She said Nato troops fired warning shots and tear gas to disperse the protesters, but the troops did not fire into the crowd. Protesters threw stones and at least one hand grenade in response, she said.

The provincial deputy governor, Sayed Ahmad Sayed, told AFP news agency that Afghan police had opened fire in response to gunfire from the crowd.

But a senior Afghan police officer, Muhammad Naim, denied to the BBC that police had shot the demonstrators.

Nato said order had been restored by early evening.

On Tuesday, Nato insisted its planned expansion of 6,000 extra troops into restive southern and western areas this summer would go ahead despite the protests.

Global protests

Protests have also spread in Africa.

Lawmakers in mainly-Muslim Kano, in northern Nigeria, burnt Danish flags.

Tens of thousands of Muslims protested peacefully in Niamey, the capital of Niger, waving placards reading "Down with Denmark and her allies".

In other tension:

* About 5,000 people take to the streets in Peshawar in Pakistan's North-West Frontier Province

* Several hundred Muslims protest in Muzaffarabad, capital of Pakistan-administered Kashmir

* Hundreds of Muslims gather in Cotabato, in the southern Philippines, demanding Denmark punish the newspaper that initially published the cartoons

* Norway demands compensation from Syria after its embassy in Damascus is set on fire on Saturday

* In Indonesia, protesters target the Danish and US consulates in Surabaya, the country's second-largest city. Protests are also held in the capital, Jakarta


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: cartoon; cartoons; islam; madmo; mohammedcartoons; moohammad; muhammed; religionofdeath; religionofhate; religionofpeace; religionofterrorism; terrorism; wot

1 posted on 02/07/2006 3:42:57 PM PST by traumer
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To: traumer

'global crisis' ??
My a..


2 posted on 02/07/2006 3:43:41 PM PST by traumer
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To: traumer
Nothing a little whiff of grapeshot couldn't cure.

-ccm

3 posted on 02/07/2006 3:46:21 PM PST by ccmay (Too much Law; not enough Order)
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To: traumer
"Muhammad cartoons 'global crisis'"

If there remained any doubt in the minds of sane people as to whether Islam is a joke, the title of this piece should answer that question once and for all.

A "global crisis" over cartoon.

Only a "religion" started by a real cartoon character could come to such a state.

4 posted on 02/07/2006 3:46:31 PM PST by TheClintons-STILLAnti-American (Keep the adults in charge of Congress.)
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To: traumer

Global crisis? Or Muslims showing their true colors?

The BBC should get stuffed. They are a big part of the problem.


5 posted on 02/07/2006 3:46:43 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: traumer

6 posted on 02/07/2006 3:47:09 PM PST by oldleft
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To: traumer

I am sick of this bull shiite. Seriously.


7 posted on 02/07/2006 3:47:15 PM PST by rlmorel ("Innocence seldom utters outraged shrieks. Guilt does." Whittaker Chambers)
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To: traumer
"We need to resolve this issue through dialogue, not violence," he said.

How do you have dialogue with people who only want you dead?

8 posted on 02/07/2006 3:47:34 PM PST by evad
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To: traumer
Denmark's PM has described the row over cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad as a "global crisis", as he called for Muslims to refrain from violence.

Well, I'm not sure this is a global crisis yet, but the part about Muslims refraining form violence is pretty optimistic. Seems to be sort of like asking the sun not to rise.

9 posted on 02/07/2006 3:47:34 PM PST by Fzob (Why does this tag line keep showing up?)
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To: traumer

Islamic Riot Sanitation Kit


10 posted on 02/07/2006 3:48:37 PM PST by lormand (...the wrong person came out of the water that fateful night in Chappaquiddick)
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To: traumer
""[This] is a very unpleasant situation for Danes, we're not used to this," he added."

Please stop it, I'm getting all misty :-(

11 posted on 02/07/2006 3:52:02 PM PST by evad
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To: traumer

It's a wacky world we live in when the Prime Minister of a nation finds it necessary to ask a group of people (any group of people) not to burn, loot or kill over some f'in CARTOONS. The cartoons weren't even that GOOD for gosh sakes.

Jeez, if we burned a building every time 'Doonesbury' sucked there wouldn't be a city left standing anywhere in the U.S.


12 posted on 02/07/2006 3:54:17 PM PST by WayneS (Follow the 2nd Amendment; Repeal the 16th)
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To: traumer
Denmark's PM has described the row over cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad

"Prophet" to whom other than Moslems?

Can you imagine the BBC or any other MSM news outlet referring to Jesus as "Lord and Savior" or to Moses as "Lawgiver"?

13 posted on 02/07/2006 3:54:45 PM PST by Alouette (Psalms of the Day: 49-54)
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To: traumer

They just want to see how far they can go. Notice that each time it's a little bit worse. This is more widespread than Paris and I'll bet it lasts longer. The next time.....?


14 posted on 02/07/2006 3:55:49 PM PST by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: evad

That happens when you laugh too hard.


15 posted on 02/07/2006 3:57:06 PM PST by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: traumer

You gotta be a first class pinhead to protest a cartoon. Cartoon protesters are pathetic.


16 posted on 02/07/2006 3:58:29 PM PST by advance_copy (Stand for life, or nothing at all)
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To: traumer

the row, the row, the row


17 posted on 02/07/2006 3:59:29 PM PST by FreedomNeocon (I'm in no Al-Samood for this Shi'ite.)
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To: traumer
Have we had enough of Islam yet?
18 posted on 02/07/2006 4:00:31 PM PST by manwiththehands (What a fellow FReeper told me: Being an "angry" conservative makes me a "fringer".)
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To: traumer
That does it! If those Iranian newspapers run any more cartoon making fun of me, I say nuke 'em!
19 posted on 02/07/2006 4:04:19 PM PST by Bender2 (Stop doodling around... Read the first three chapters of my Science Fiction novel.)
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To: traumer
as he called for Muslims to refrain from violence.

Right, that's like asking spiders to refrain from sucking blood.
20 posted on 02/07/2006 4:08:46 PM PST by starbase (Understanding Written Propaganda (click "starbase" to learn 22 manipulating tricks!!))
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To: metmom
That happens when you laugh too hard.

Heh...yeah, that too :-}

21 posted on 02/07/2006 4:10:03 PM PST by evad
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To: WayneS
Jeez, if we burned a building every time 'Doonesbury' sucked there wouldn't be a city left standing anywhere in the U.S.

LOL!

I would add, there wouldn't be a city left standing anywhere in the world.

22 posted on 02/07/2006 4:10:55 PM PST by Disambiguator (Making accusations of racism is the last refuge of a scoundrel.)
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To: advance_copy

are we keeping track of deaths caused by protests stirred up by imams?

We have to be up to a few dozen, what with teh koran in the toilet and this and all.


23 posted on 02/07/2006 4:15:03 PM PST by FreedomNeocon (I'm in no Al-Samood for this Shi'ite.)
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To: traumer

The global crisis is that most of the world does not see that islam is trying to destroy everything that is not muslim.

Wake up, I don't have enough ammo to take care of this by myself!!!


24 posted on 02/07/2006 4:15:20 PM PST by RouxStir (Peaceful muslim...The Ultimate Oxymoron!)
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To: traumer
The cartoons aren't the crisis. The religion of Islam is Mr. Prime Minister.
25 posted on 02/07/2006 4:21:31 PM PST by kublia khan (Absolute war brings total victory)
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To: traumer
Iran has banned Danish imports and halted trade ties.

European Commission spokesman Johannes Laitenberger said it was considering its response as "a boycott of Danish goods is by definition a boycott of European goods".

LOL! Forget the U.N. In tantrum mode, Iran may just end up imposing economic sanctions on itself. Suits me. And I'm sure the millions of restive, Western culture oriented, Iranian youth will love suddenly being cut off from consumer goods, and the jobs that trade creates.

26 posted on 02/07/2006 4:38:51 PM PST by Stultis (I don't worry about the war turning into "Vietnam" in Iraq; I worry about it doing so in Congress.)
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To: traumer

27 posted on 02/07/2006 4:40:47 PM PST by RedBloodedAmerican
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To: traumer
If a few lousy cartoons can set off a global crisis, wait'll the Europeans do something that really ticks off the Muslims! And wait until the Champs Elysee--and every other European road--has become the fabled Arab Street, just itching to erupt.

The alarm clock went off a long time ago, but they tossed it out the window and went back to sleep.

The next thing that goes off will wake them up all right--but too late. Europe is sitting on a time bomb.

P.S. MESSAGE TO EUROPEANS: Don't count on the Yanks to come to the rescue. You're on your own. We warned you.

28 posted on 02/07/2006 4:42:30 PM PST by Savage Beast ("Democrats are rumbling toward the November elections as the American Al Qaeda Party." ~jmaroneps37)
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To: traumer

The West needs to stop wringing their hands over these idiots with PC nonsense, and spell it out to them: "It's called FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION. Learn to live with it, learn to enjoy it, and if you cannot accept it, cannot protest whatever you find offensive in a PEACEFUL manner, get out of our countries and go back to the sandy sh!tholes from whence you came. We'll even help you!"


29 posted on 02/07/2006 4:48:13 PM PST by Frank_2001
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To: traumer

Imagine what the world may have been like if Mohammed wasn't deprived of a sense of humor. The Koran must not contain any verses about hypocrisy. Whud they use for tent poles? Femurs?


30 posted on 02/07/2006 4:57:22 PM PST by Simo Hayha (First take the plank out of you own eye.)
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To: rlmorel

Sick of it? Already? This is the most fun I've had since the liberals went insane over Bush's re-election.


31 posted on 02/07/2006 5:01:06 PM PST by Psycho_Bunny (I don't capitalize "barbarian" so why capitalize "muslim"?)
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To: traumer
Now that we've seen how easy it is to drive the lunatics into a frenzy -- we should release NEW pictures of the True Face of Islam every week.....

Cartoons need not focus on Mohammed -- there are ample aspects of Islam to provide a target rich environment for scorn and to reveal the hypocrisy.....

Semper Fi
32 posted on 02/07/2006 5:13:39 PM PST by river rat (You may turn the other cheek, but I prefer to look into my enemy's vacant dead eyes.)
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To: traumer
Muhammad cartoons 'global crisis'

Can we say "hyperbole"??
33 posted on 02/07/2006 5:15:03 PM PST by DustyMoment (FloriDUH - proud inventors of pregnant/hanging chads and judicide!!)
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To: traumer
Showing pictures of women in underwear is a blasphemy too. Are American newspapers going to cancel their lingerie ads? Lets be consistent. Either we accept the boot to the neck or not... There is no inbetween.
34 posted on 02/07/2006 5:19:22 PM PST by GOPJ (NFL Super Bowl halftime - When groupies are rehearsed to look star-stuck, the thrill is gone.)
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To: Psycho_Bunny; All

No...basically, I want to live in peace. I want to go to work, watch movies, attend parties, do the banal things that we all take so much for granted, but that our men in uniform would give their left arm (and some have) to do.

But I feel angry. I feel that everything is waiting...everything is sitting on the edge. I feel like we are in Europe in 1938. Everything is going to happen, we just don't know it yet.

I am tired of watching these animals pretend to be upset about damned cartoons. I was pretty upset about the Tom Toles cartoon the other day, but I am not about to kill people over it.

But these FRIKKING Islamofacist lunatics are. It makes me REALLY wish there wasn't a moral obligation not to drop cluster bombs on idiots setting buildings on fire because of a cartoon. Instead of "Why can't we all get along?" I am thinking "Why can't we call in coordinates?".

I am sick and damned tired of this Islamofacist bullshit. I have no problem with Muslims, I know a few, they are wonderful people-they are Americans who happen to be Muslim. They may disagree with some things in American society or the world at large that they find in conflict with their religion, but they aren't ready to kill over it. Hell, I see a lot of things I disagree with, but I am not going to set cars on fire, attach a sheet of islamofacist rantings to somebody's chest with a knife, or fly planes of screaming people into buildings.

But these EFFING lunatics are. And I am losing my patience. When is the rest of America, the Islamic community, and the world going to lose patience with these jerkoffs?

I hope it is before we have a mushroom cloud over one of our cities, and we are forced to cover some country or countries with mushroom clouds.

So, yeah. I am sick and tired of this. And we only have a lifetime to go.


35 posted on 02/07/2006 6:14:26 PM PST by rlmorel ("Innocence seldom utters outraged shrieks. Guilt does." Whittaker Chambers)
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To: manwiththehands

I have. It's time to reduce the world Muslim population, by a lot.


36 posted on 02/07/2006 6:39:36 PM PST by rightwinger49
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To: river rat

Did any US newspaper publish some of those cartoons ?
I believe that even New Zeland did...


37 posted on 02/07/2006 8:14:21 PM PST by traumer
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