The Cartoon Wars

Ken AshfordForeign AffairsLeave a Comment

Conservative bloggers have had their knickers in a twist the past few days about Danish and European newspapers that have published cartoons which, depending on your point of view, depict the Prophet Mohammad in an offensive and demeaning manner.

Generally speaking, the cartoons have caused angry (but so far peaceful) demonstrations from Europe’s Muslim community.  Conservative bloggers, on the other hand, are outraged that the European governments have condemned the cartoons.

Condi’s State Department has now weighed in:

The United States blasted the publication by European newspapers of cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed as unacceptable incitement to religious or ethnic hatred.

"These cartoons are indeed offensive to the beliefs of Muslims," State Department spokesman Justin Higgins said when queried about the furore sparked by the cartoons which first appeared in a Danish newspaper.

"We all fully recognize and respect freedom of the press and expression but it must be coupled with press responsibility," Higgins told AFP.

"Inciting religious or ethnic hatreds in this manner is not acceptable. We call for tolerance and respect for all communities and for their religious beliefs and practices."

Neo-cons are predictably unhappy with the State Department right now.