12 satirical drawings, published by the danish newspaper JP, has reached worldwide attention as well as outrage, violence and condemnation in the muslim world (note: terror has not). The drawings have become a symbol of the muslim threat to free speech. Papers all over the world have re-published the drawings, politicians around the globe have expressed their support, and websites all over hyperspace use and display the images in sympathy.

Sunday, February 12, 2006

The difference between them and us

As a tongue-in-cheek gesture, Egypt paper Al Multaga Dawli prints a manipulated image of the Royal Danish Queen Margrethe II as a belly-dancer. This is probably the worst mockering of danes imaginable. A royal insult used to carry the death sentence in Denmark. However, that was in the Middle Ages.

I hardly doubt any Danes will boycot Egyptian products because of this, burn their flag in the streets or attack their embassy in Copenhagen. If they do, I promise to update the map. If anything, danes will just shrug their shoulders. That's the difference between them and us.