Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Hate Breeds Hate

Now that the Great Danish Cartoon Controversy is sweeping the globe, this grotesque story is making the rounds. Apparently Iran, that bastion of the freedom of the press, is holding a contest to gather the "best" cartoons about the Holocaust.

Farid Mortazavi, graphics editor for Tehran's Hamshahri newspaper, has been quoted as saying that the contest is a test to see if Europe was really committed to freedom of speech.
The Western papers printed these sacrilegious cartoons on the pretext of freedom of expression, so let’s see if they mean what they say and also print these Holocaust cartoons.
This cartoon flap is turning out to be a great stroke of luck for a regime that has a long history of baiting Jews and denying the Holocaust. Now they have an issue to legitimize their obscene hatred. Probably not what Europe had in mind.

Joseph Sitruk, Conference of European Rabbis president and Chief Rabbi of France (there's a thankless job), who along with other European religious leaders condemned the Danish cartoons, called for calm and reason to prevail:
This is a test for the Muslim world to react immediately to condemn their own co-religionists in Iran for such obscene behavior as we condemned those who sought to insult them.
Don't hold your breath. This one is going to rage for a while.
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