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Canada Blinks

I haven't written anything on the Cartoon Jihad yet, but this drove me into a fury this morning:

Defence Minister Gordon O'Connor warned the latest edition of the Calgary-based Western Standard, which features cartoons that have sparked riots and protests worldwide, will put Canadian troops in Afghanistan at greater risk.

"It doesn't help. Radicals in Syria and Lebanon, Afghanistan and Iraq, they get people roused up because their religion's being offended," Mr. O'Connor said in an interview. "We don't need any more risk in the area than we have."

I'm disgusted with how most of the media and government leadership in the Western world has rolled over to threats and violence from a fanatical fringe. Freedom of speech is probably the most fundamental plank on which our civilization is built, and it's being given away so cheaply. But for a Defence Minister to accuse a publication of risking our soldiers lives for failing to follow our enemy's demands? I'm dumbfounded!

O'Connor says the cartoons are offensive, well, judge for yourself. Reading most of the news coverage, you might think they would be shocking, but really I think they're quite tame. What is shocking are the 'additional cartoons' that various Imams have used to keep the fires of outrage well stoked. It's pretty clear the cartoon controversy has been manufactured by those that thrive on violence and chaos. For O'Connor to buy their point of view is what is truly offensive.

I'd post a few of the cartoons here, but for me they're getting a little old. Here's a new one, roughly equal in level of blasphemy, by the Dissident Frogman:

And to satisfy a certain award-winning Canadian journalist that says posting one of these cartoons indicates hatred of Muslims, I'm including another graphic that is blasphemous to another of the great monotheistic religions. It's quite shocking however, so I'm hiding it beneath the fold. Read on at your own risk...

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