“An eye for an eye! A tooth for a tooth!” Echoing protests around the world and wearing all kinds of costumes from the Middle East and the Muslim world, 4,000 Islamic demonstrators march through Paris denouncing the cartoons and the alleged (and convenient) lack of respect towards Islam.
When they arrive at La Nation, they are met with two figures wearing slightly different costumes and slightly different signs.
One, in red and white, is (silently) wearing a sign with the Danish flag saying “Support Denmark, Support free speech”. Besides (silently) wearing a sign reading “Free Cartoonist” on it, the other, the founder of the BAF protest warrior-type organisation, is holding a (fake) severed hand, a pen among its fingers.
Voices start to ring out. “It’s provocation!” “You tread on 1.5 million Muslims!” “Connards!” “Rat faces!”
Read the rest, see some pictures, click some links.
It seems to me that since there are approximately a billion Muslims, finding out who are the 1.5 million being trod upon in this instance is a matter of some urgency.
These guys seem to think free speech is worth defending directly: In France. Two of them. Against thousands of Muslim protestors. Only the Philadelphia Inquirer has come close to this level of commitment to free speech in this country.
The Washington Post and New York Times need to read this.
My admiration to ¡No Pasarán!, which has been added to the blogroll.