When an American producer created a YouTube video ridiculing Islam and Muhammad, months passed before any violence occurred. Then all hell broke loose throughout the Middle East in September, resulting in countless riots and the on-going controversy over a terrorist attack in
In that instance, most of the rioters never even saw the YouTube presentation. Most of the violence was a knee-jerk response to rumors.
However, when Charlie Hebdo, more commonly known as Charb, announced that he would publish the comic book last Wednesday, he claimed it was based upon his right to free speech. It is the same argument being put forth by Al Gore and his associates regarding the sale of his cable television network to Al Jazeera.
As Hebdo explained, “I don’t think higher Muslim minds could find anything inappropriate.”
What Hebdo did not say is that he is not dealing with “higher Muslim minds” when it comes to inciting violence by publishing provocative material about Islam.
Given that Charb’s announcement gave jihadists plenty of time to react, it wasn’t long before terror threats against
Several suggestions have been made, including: killing
Other proposals are that hostages Al Qaeda is holding be killed, or that anyone who is able to assassinate a French national should not hesitate to do so.
The Daily Mail in
Meanwhile, Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Secretary-General Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu denounced the cartoons as inflammatory, but urged restraint on the part of all Muslims. In a report from Arab News, Ihsanoglu said the magazine is an incitement and advocacy of hatred and intolerance.
So far there have been no incidents surrounding the publication of the French cartoons, but it is only a matter of time. A response is coming.
If nothing else, we have learned over the years since 9/11/01 that the jihadist movement is far more patient and dedicated to their cause than the West will admit. Despite Ihsanoglu’s pleas, retaliation from the Islamist world will eventually take place.
If there is one significant difference in this particular case, it is that it could have been avoided simply by not agitating an entire religion with unwarranted salacious material that would knowingly incite violence.
The world is already on fire. There is no need to throw gasoline on the flames.
Peabod is Bob Taylor, owner of Taylored Media Services in
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