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THE FRENCH DECIDE THAT WITH EVERYTHING GOING ON NOW IS THE TIME TO PUBLISH CARTOON OF MOHAMMAD FOR MAX EXPOSURE
September 19 2012
Paris, France – In the West we tend to enjoy and take for granted the ability to say what we think or feel without fear of serious retribution. It’s a birthright for many of his, a thing granted to us just by virtue of being born in nations that support dissent, at least to degrees, and variety of opinion.
Much of the world simply does not share that viewpoint, however, and when those two worlds collide it can often be violent. That violence has been seen very clear in the embassy riots over the last week, all ostensibly inspired by a silly film released by an American who was using his right to free speech.
That video has caused a lot of trouble and real violence, resulting in a number of deaths throughout the world but it seemed to be cooling down so of course the French had to go and cause more trouble. In this case French magazine decided to publish a naked drawing of Mohammad, something that will likely fuel even more anger and violence than before right when things were starting to calm down. It’s believed the magazine chose now to publish the cartoon because the French are kind of dumb a lot of the time.
“We will try to keep things managed and peaceful, but these things easily get out of hand. I fear there could more targeting of foreigners, and this is why I wish they would not persist with these provocations,” said Sheikh Nabil Rahim, a cleric in Lebanon.
Reaction has been similar to the cartoon, which was a direct comment on the reaction to the film, and depicted a naked Mohammad.
Muslims in poor countries tend to not like any depictions of Mohammad but especially not naked ones, it makes them all killy.
“Clearly publishing this cartoon at this time was not the smartest thing to do. They had the right of course, France is a free country, but they probably should have just stopped and thought for a second about the kind of impact publishing it would have had and if they had done that they would have realized, likely, that it was not a good idea,” said Scrape TV International analyst Gustav Hander. “You never know because the French do have a tendency to do stupid things, quite frequently in fact, and there really isn’t any way to figure out what it going in their heads most of the time. It’s also complicated by that gobbled-gook language they speak of course.”
French government officials apparently urged the paper not to publish the cartoon but apparently it was far more important to inspire violence than sacrifice their free speech.
“There always has to be a consideration for the public good when you are practicing free speech. Clearly truly free speech doesn’t exist but in the West we have the best approximation of it anyone has yet had but we only have that because we are, in general, responsible with the things we say. That’s one of the requirements for having it,” continued Hander. “Clearly this newspaper did not practice that responsibility and now it has caused a lot of trouble for everyone and to what end really. Unless of course the French are working with terrorist groups which is entirely possible. They are French after all, you can never trust those buggers.”
In response to the cartoon French officials have closed twenty of their embassies, obviously in Muslim countries.
Emil Uliya, International Correspondent