A Muslim commenter left behind an absurd and bizzare comment. "Are you trying to say that you are happy that the Danish government has still not apologized to Muslims all over the world?" It is absurd to ask a government to apologize for an act of it private citizens - acts that are protective by freedom of expression. If a government is responsible for all action of its citizens, we should have bombed Riyadh, Medina, and Mecca to the stone age. We did not. The commenter should consider himself lucky that we in the West do not apply his bizzare logic.
Let be clear, my previous posting is not about whether the cartoons are offensive or not. That is beyond the point of debate. Last year, a US under-garment company introduced a line of panty with the image of Lord Buddha on them. My family and I, who are devout Buddhists, wrote to the company, explained to them why the products were offensive to us, and asked them the stop. Buddhists throughout the world participated in the campaign. We did not threaten bodily harm to anyone, we did not ask the US government to apologize, we did not boycott other companies that had nothing to do with the offense.
Demands by some Muslims on the government of Denmark, Norway and the people of Denmark and Norway is unacceptable. They may boycott the company that published the cartoons, they may even boycott the companies that have financial relationship with the company that published the cartoons. Other parties (the governments of Denmark and Norway, Danish and Norwegian bussinesses) are innocent of the offense.
The demands suggest a few things about those who demanded them. By asking the government of Denmark and Norway to punish the cartoonist and their publishers, the demanders have absolutely no regard for individual liberty. By asking the government of Denmark and Norway to apologize for the offense of private citizen, they believe that the state and the individuals are one and the same - this is the central value of facism. By boycotting Danish and Norwegian products, they believe that one member of the collective can be punished for the action of the other. This is the very same attitude that result in the barbaric gang rape of Mukhtar Mai.
Let not pretend that they seek to redress an insult to their religion. It is a mere pretext. They seek nothing less than our submission - our unconditional surrender to their rule. To them I say "bring it on." I will not submit. I will not surrender. I will not be a dhimmi. I did not escape Communism to live under Sharia. You are prepared to die for your religion. I am prepared to die for my freedom.
The new front is being fought in Denmark and Norway. If they fall, we are next. So here are the address, phone number, and email to the embassies of Denmark and Norway. Please send them your words of support and encouragement.
Embassy of Denmark
3200 Whitehaven St. N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20008
Tel: (202) 234-4300
Fax: (202) 328-1470
Royal Norwegian Embassy
2720 34th St. N.W.
Washington DC 20008
Telephone: (202) 333-6000
Telephone: (202) 333-6000
Fax: (202) 337-0870