EUROPEAN MEDIA PROVOKES MUSLIMS
TO INFLAME ZIONIST "CLASH OF CIVILIZATIONS"
American Free Press
guise of free speech, a leading Danish newspaper published a dozen
provocative anti-Islamic cartoons clearly designed to offend Muslims.
The predictable result has greatly increased the possibility of
violence and left Denmark in a costly and dangerous predicament.
months after Jyllands-Posten (JP), Denmark's most widely read morning
paper, published 12 anti-Islamic cartoons, Danes woke up to the fact
that there is a very high price to be paid for promoting the "clash of
that the editors behind the anti-Islamic images claim to be exercising
free speech while refusing to address Europe's strict censorship laws
regarding discussion of the Holocaust and the ongoing imprisonment of
historical revisionists reveals the existence of a more sinister agenda
behind the provocative cartoons.
of certain persuasion" are behind the egregious affront to Islam in
order to provoke Muslims, Professor Mikael Rothstein of the University
of Copenhagen told the BBC. The key "agent" is Flemming Rose, the
cultural editor of JP, who commissioned cartoonists to produce the
blasphemous images and then published them in Denmark's leading morning
paper last September.
International Herald Tribune, which reported on the offensive cartoons
on January 1, noted that even the liberalism of Rose had its limits
when it came to criticism of Zionist leaders and their crimes. Rose
also has clear ties to the Zionist Neo-Cons behind the "war on terror."
told the international paper owned by The New York Times that "he would
not publish a cartoon of Israel's Ariel Sharon strangling a Palestinian
baby, since that could be construed as 'racist.'"
why he was protecting Sharon, a known war criminal, while abusing
Muslims and their Prophet in the name of free speech, Rose told
American Free Press that he had been "misquoted" in the Times article.
traveled to Philadelphia in October 2004 to visit Daniel Pipes, the
Neo-Con ideologue who says the only path to Middle East peace will come
through a total Israeli military victory. Rose then penned a positive
article about Pipes, who compares "militant Islam" with fascism and
2003, President George W. Bush nominated the rabid anti-Muslim Pipes to
the board of the United States Institute of Peace, a congressionally
sponsored think tank dedicated to "the peaceful resolution of
from 17 Muslim nations condemned the publication of the cartoons as an
egregious "offence to Islam" and called on the Danish government to
ensure that it would not be repeated.
Danish government, which supports the "war on terror" with more than
500 troops in Iraq, refused to issue an apology for the offensive
cartoons, Muslim consumers across the Middle East began a boycott of
days the boycott had severely affected Danish exporters and the
politicians in Copenhagen scrambled to undo the damage. Arla Foods, a
large Danish-Swedish dairy company, was badly hit by the boycott. The
company, which had annual sales of some $480 million in the Middle
East, saw its sales in the region plummet to nil as Muslim shopkeepers
pulled Danish products off the shelves.
taken 40 years to build up a very big business in the Middle East, and
we've seen it come to a complete stop in five days," company
spokeswoman Astrid Gade Niels told the BBC.
sales in the Middle East have come to a complete stop - in all
countries in the region," she said. "We have found ourselves in the
middle of a game that we have no part in."
boycott damaged Danish business and a bomb scare closed the office of
his newspaper, Rose continued to defend his decision to commission and
publish the offensive cartoons. "We stand by the publication of these
12 cartoons," he said.
he would have done it knowing what the reaction would be, Rose said:
"That is a hypothetical question. I would say that I do not regret
having commissioned those cartoons and I think asking me that question
is like asking a rape victim if she regrets wearing a short skirt
Friday night at the discotheque."
dangerous "game" that was started by the Danish editor has now been
picked up by at least 7 newspapers across Europe. Supposedly in support
of the Danes, papers in France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain
and Switzerland simultaneously reprinted the cartoons on February 1.
The timing suggests that this response was coordinated by a hidden
Paris, for example, Arnaud Levy, editor-in-chief of the
financially-strapped France-Soir, chose to print all 12 of the
offensive cartoons. Asked if there had been coordination between
European editors about the simultaneous publication of the cartoons,
Levy said, "Absolutely not."
following day, Jacques Lefranc, managing editor of France-Soir, was
fired by the paper's owner Raymond Lakah, an Egyptian magnate,
according to employees. Chief editor Levy, however, remained on the
Mandelson, Trade Commissioner for the European Union, strongly
reprimanded the newspapers for pouring "oil on the fire" by reprinting
the offensive cartoons.
Ménard, secretary general of Reporters without Borders, a Paris-based
media monitor, however, supported the publication of the blasphemous
cartoons saying, "All countries in Europe should be behind the Danes
and Danish authorities to defend the principle that a newspaper can
write what it wishes to, even if it offends people.
"I understand that it may shock Muslims, but being shocked is part of the price of being informed," he told The New York Times.
when it comes to discussion of the Holocaust, media monitors like
Ménard accept without question the government-imposed censorship laws
and imprisonment of historical revisionists. At least 4 well known
historians are currently in prison in Germany and Austria for writing
and speaking about the Holocaust.
clearly a more sinister reason why the Danish Prime Minister Anders
Fogh Rasmussen refuses to issue a formal apology as demanded by Arab
and Muslim governments. The hard-line position taken by Rasmussen, an
ally in the "war on terror," has more to do with advancing the "clash
of civilizations" than defending free speech in Europe.
well known that Islam is an aniconic religion which prohibits
depictions of the Prophet in the same way that the Second Commandment
prohibits "graven images." The European editors are certainly aware of
the fact that Islam prohibits the use of icons or visual images to
depict living creatures and that it is blasphemous to publish cartoons
of the prophet Mohammed. Yet, they have recklessly and intentionally
insulted millions of Muslims and are unwilling to apologize.
Danish paper set out to offend and provoke outrage in the Muslim
community," a Muslim in Britain wrote to the BBC. "Muslims are able to
distinguish between those who wish to debate and those who wish to
insult. Trying to camouflage insults under the guise of debate or free
speech fools nobody."
a deeper reason behind the publication of the offensive cartoons. Given
the unapologetic position taken by the Danish government and the
editors it appears very likely that tension with Islamic nations will
increase and the international crisis will deepen. This is, after all,
exactly what the global planners behind the "clash of civilizations"
completely predictable reaction among Muslims sets the stage for
violence and "false-flag" terror attacks as Europeans prepare to host
the Olympics in Turin, Italy. The Turin-based La Stampa irresponsibly
published the cartoons on Feb. 1, two days after Milan's Corriere della
anti-Islamic cartoon scandal is no laughing matter. If and when a
terror attack does occur and the cartoons and angry Muslims are blamed
for being the cause, the reason they were published will become clear.
Europeans will become increasingly polarized and hostility to Islam
ago, when I first became aware of the provocative anti-Muslim cartoons
published in JP, I immediately contacted the editors and asked why they
had allowed their newspaper to be dragged into such a ridiculous and
Europe already involved in two Middle Eastern wars and with the
political tension with Iran increasing daily, I asked the editors, "Do
you truly wish to antagonize Muslims?"
support freedom of speech and am against self-censorship," Rose, who
commissioned the cartoons, wrote in response. It was, however, clearly
not simply to exercise Denmark's non-existent freedom of speech that
Rose commissioned the anti-Muslim cartoons. The more sinister motive of
advancing the "clash of civilizations" among Europeans was evidently
behind the offensive images.
issue is really one of free speech, would you publish cartoons making
fun of the Jewish Holocaust?" I asked Rose and the editors. "If not, do
you at least support the right of newspapers and individuals to raise
historical questions about the Holocaust?"
after a month of correspondence with Rose and the editors, they have
completely avoided answering my questions about the Holocaust and the
right of free speech for historical revisionists in Europe.