If you need another reason why we shouldn’t appease these Muslim thugs, read the Salon interview (translated from a Der Spiegel article) of Ayaan Hirsi Ali, the Dutch MP whose film "Submission" led to the assassination of film director Theo van Gogh in 2004. Ali knows a thing or two about Muslim threats, living as she does under 24 hour police protection because of her anti-Islam views. A couple of snippets:
Was apologizing for the cartoons the wrong thing to do?
Once again, the West pursued the principle of first turning one cheek, then the other. In fact, it's already a tradition. In 1980, privately owned British broadcaster ITV aired a documentary about the stoning of a Saudi Arabian princess who had allegedly committed adultery. The government in Riyadh intervened and the British government issued an apology. We saw the same kowtowing response in 1987 when [Dutch comedian] Rudi Carrell derided [the Iranian leader] Ayatollah Khomeini in a comedy skit. In 2000, a play about the youngest wife of the prophet Mohammed, titled "Aisha," was canceled before it ever opened in Rotterdam. Then there was the van Gogh murder and now the cartoons. We are constantly apologizing, and we don't notice how much abuse we're taking. Meanwhile, the other side doesn't give an inch.
What should the appropriate European response look like?
There should be solidarity. The cartoons should be displayed everywhere. After all, the Arabs can't boycott goods from every country. They're far too dependent on imports. And Scandinavian companies should be compensated for their losses. Freedom of speech should at least be worth that much to us.
Sadly, the western press did no such thing, they caved. It’s worth repeating Ali again: “Meanwhile, the other side doesn't give an inch”. Of course they didn’t. They have the religion virus.
Just for the hell of it, another cartoon - my favorite: