a PICTURE says a THOUSAND words
And in the case of Danish cartoons depicting Islam's prophet Muhammad in an unflattering light, those words have kindled a fire that has, in the words of Justice Sanford in Gitlow v. NY, "burst into a sweeping and destructive conflagration."
But, to mistake these turn of events as a conflict over free speech is to ignore decades of military and economic oppression by the west of the muslim world and the depth and breadth of the resentment it's engendered.
This was a calculated move on behalf of a handful of people who stand to gain the most from an imminent military clash of civilizations.
"Now it has become more than a case about the drawings: Now there are forces that wants a confrontation between our cultures ... It is in no one's interest, neither them or us" Danish Foreign Minister Per Stig Moeller tells Danish radio.They push for military conflict because they cannot win what they want through a war of ideas.