Monday, March 21, 2011

Moral High Ground

Remember this cartoon? It was published in the Jyllands-Posten, a Danish newspaper, on September 30th, 2005. This and similar cartoons earned the editors of the newspaper a fatwa and death threats from all across the globe. In fact, in the course of the cartoon protests, 139 people lost their lives.

More recently, the creators of South Park ran afoul of Muslim sensitivities with this depiction:

It isn't even Mohammed.
It's Mohammed inside a bear costume.
It's Mohammed inside a bear costume,  inside an animated TV show.
The mind simply reels. But the holy Koran says thou shalt not depict the prophet and death to all those that do. So perhaps the monumental outrage is justified.

But the Koran also says thou shalt not kill. And within the last 10 days, no one has killed more Muslims than Moammar Quadaffi. He turned Libya's military might on its own people. Fellow members of his Islamic faith have now met their death, complements of Libyan heavy artillery and Libyan air-dropped ordnance. 

So where are the protests? Why is there not rioting on the streets of Islamabad? Damascus? Tehran? Kabul? Is an animated man in a bear suit more offensive than the wholesale spilling of Muslim blood?

I don't get it and never will. 

Of course, this is not to say the Arab streets were completely silent last week. Following the brutal murder of 5 Israelis, including a 4-month old infant whose throat was slit, there was much celebration.

Imagine slaying a newborn because you object to the construction of a housing project. Townhomes don't kill people, terrorists who don't like townhomes kill people.

Of course there is no joke to end this posting. The only satisfaction to be gained from any of this is that in a world that subscribes to the concept of ethical relativism, the Arab street will never, ever, ever seize the moral high ground.

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