Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Manufactured Outrage

WorldNetDaily discusses allegations that a Muslim leader tried to intensify outrage over cartoon representations of Mohammed by circulating a faked image of the Prophet with a pig's nose. This would seem to tie in with other stories making the rounds, which claim that the Saudis exploited these cartoons in order to distract the Muslim world from Saudi culpability for the deaths of pilgrims during the Hajj. (dKos offers an interesting take on this story.)

I must say, it all sounds quite plausible to me. And if it turns out that Muslim leaders really have been fomenting religious hysteria for political gain, they have no further claim on our sympathy or respect. After all, Americans have more important things to worry the War on Christmas, the liberal plot to ban the Bible, America's dizzying slide towards legalized bestiality, and the terrible threat of manimals.


isabelita said...

There's an interesting piece by Juan Cole in Salon today, entitled "All cartoon politics are local," which gives a glimpse into even more convoluted machinations surrounding these blasted stupic cartoons. Sounds like Karl Rove's been giving seminars all over the world, there's so much spinnin' going on!!!

Engineer-Poet said...

The "Mohammed with a pig's snout" picture was actually a bad reproduction of someone in a French competition having to do with pigs; I found it at the Infidel Blogger's Alliance.

Phila said...


Yeah, I saw that myself shortly after posting this. It'd be hysterically funny, if these scumbags weren't getting people killed.