Sunday, February 05, 2006

Wouldn't this just be ducky if a war started over this?

Several countries, including Iran, Syria, Saudi Arabia, and Libya, have withdrawn their ambassadors from Denmark. Danish embassies have been burned and Danish citizens have been injured in the rioting in Lebanon and Syria. The Syrians have gone one further, blaming the Danes for the riots:
Syria blamed Denmark for the protests, criticizing the Scandinavian nation for refusing to apologize for the caricatures of Islam's holiest figure.

"(Denmark's) government was able to avoid reaching this point ... simply through an apology" as requested by Arab and Muslim diplomats, state-run daily Al-Thawra said in an editorial Sunday.

Note how many Islamic nations have "state-run" media.

I mentioned war in the headline. I don't want to be alarmist, but why else do nations withdraw their ambassadors?

Victor Davis Hanson has something trenchant to say on the Middle East. Recommended.

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