"OOOH SVEN, I'VE GOT A REALLY GOOD IDEA"
"WHAT IS IT HANS?"
"YOU KNOW HOW, IN MUSLIM EYES, IT'S A DIRECT INSULT AGAINST GOD TO DRAW AN IMAGE OF THE PROPHET MUHAMMED?"
"YEAH, IT'S LIKE, PRETTY MAJOR BLASPHEMY HANS. SO WHAT?"
"WELL, I THINK IT'S SILLY. LETS GET SOME CARTOONISTS FRIENDS TO DRAW LOADS OF PICTURES OF HIM. NOT ONLY THAT, BUT LET'S HAVE SOME OF THEM BE REALLY OFFENSIVE TOO. AND BY OFFENSIVE, I MEAN BRANDING A RELIGION OF ROUGHLY A BILLION PEOPLE WHOSE VERY NAME MEANS PEACE AS TERRORISTS."
"IN THE CURRENT POLITICAL CLIMATE, ISN'T THAT LIKELY TO INCENSE ISLAMIC FUNDAMENTALISTS FAR BEYOND THE POINT OF JIHAD?"
"JIHAD SCHMIHAD! FUCK JOURNALISM! LET'S POINTLESSLY INSULT ONE OF THE WORLDS MAJOR RELIGIONS AS AN EXERCISE IN FREE SPEECH! I MEAN, THEY'RE ONLY MUSLIMS. IT'S NOT LIKE WE'RE GAY BASHING OR ANYTHING SERIOUS"
"I SUPPOSE NOT! FUEL ON THE FIRES OF HATRED IT IS!"
It's not like I'm condoning any of the subsequent actions, but printing the cartoons, particularly those cartoons, just to make a point, was fucking retarded. All the people out there on forums and in the blogosphere who cannot understand why muslims are offended, or who are saying the equivalent of "They shouldn't attack the west in general, it was only a bunch of Danish cartoonists, they're all darn dirty woman-beating terrorist dogs" (thus fulfilling the circle of stereotyping and stupidity) are also fucking retarded. Indeed, that is pretty much the summation for this whole affair, and the entirety of world politics: fucking retarded.