Tossing and Tortured 'Till Dawn

I come back to you now, at the turn of the tide.

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Today's post was supposed to be about a few other things, but this whole muslim cartoon thing has indeed gone too far.

I'm not even going to try to appease ridiculous over-sensitive radicals, as many western commentators seem to be doing, by saying something like "the pictures were a little much, but..."


Seriously, thousands of pages of offensive trash is produced every day. It's a given.

The fact that it IS such a given is why this whole mess is so surprising.

This particular series of cartoons weren't particularly remarkable to me, but for some reason many people reacted like this:

Cartoonist: "Your prophet is a sack of shit!"

Reactionaries: "You know what? YOU DESERVE DEATH!"

That's a crazy overreaction in of itself, but the reactionaries weren't finished. "Actually," they continued, "the ENTIRE COUNTRY YOU ARE FROM, and ALL PEOPLE who have been born in ALL COUNTRIES WHO HAVE PUBLISHED that horrendous quote deserve DEATH."

Did no one ever teach you the phrase "Sticks and stones may break my bones,?"

"But words will never hurt me."

Shut up and get the fuck over it.


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