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07 February 2006

It just gets worse and worse

This cartoon nonsense is getting worse everyday. In Afghanistan a protest outside the US base at Bagram turned violent and Afghan police/soldiers fired on the crowd killing and wounding several people. Then up in the North a crowd of protestors attacked the ISAF* Provisional Reconstruction Team's base in Meymaneh in Faryab province. The ISAF troops there number about 100 and are from Norway and Finland. They are there rebuilding the area, helping reconstruct and develop the country. And they get attacked because of cartoons published last September in Denmark. The ISAF troops fired warning shots and tear gas to drive the crowd back. At least one grenade was thrown at the compound and some reports state that the troops only fired after people in the crowd shot at them. 3 afghans were killed and 30 wounded. 5 Norwegian troops were injured int he attacks too. The deputy governor of the province says the Afghans were killed when Afghan Police opened fire on the crowd after the crowd started shooting. But a senior Police officer denies that the Police killed anyone.
IN Iran crowds are attacking the Danish embassy with stones and Molotov cocktails for the second day, the Danish embassy in Syria was set on fire Saturday, and the embassy in Lebanon was sacked over the weekend.
On a better side moderate Moslems in Denmark are calling for peace and condemning the attacks. The worse it gets, the more papers are publishing the cartoons.
This whole mess is going to be great fodder for the isolationists who think we should ignore the world. And it is clear that freedom of speech and freedom of the press don't exist in many peoples minds.


* ISAF International Security Assistence Force. Currently headed up and run by NATO.

9 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's interesting that it took five months for Muslims to "spontaneously" become enraged and start rioting and burning over this issue.

The question is -- who organized the riots, and why?

4:58 PM  
Blogger The Appalachianist said...

I agree with the frst anonymous, not the Spammer. Anyone who can not see that this is a planned and organised event is plumb blind. It seems that this is being organised along the lines of the first Intifada...Yet, not nearly as effective. I beleive it's going to have a worse effect. If anyone is isolating themselves from the world at this juncture it's the Muslims.

4:53 AM  
Blogger exMI said...

Planned to an extent. After the cartoons first appeared in Denmark a group fo Moslim clerics took copies of them and sent/carried them to collegues in the Mid East and they have been circulating among the mosques and madrassas there building a head of steam. It is also reported (by NPR) that there may have been other cartoons added to the mix that were never published designed solely to inflame the rage.

7:20 AM  
Blogger The Zombieslayer said...

Anyone in the embassays get hurt?

11:07 PM  
Blogger exMI said...

Not that I know of except maybe in Lebanon. Someone is Beirut died falling from a window but I don't know if it was embassy staff or a rioter who broke in.

6:37 AM  
Blogger The Zombieslayer said...

Yikes. Hopefully the latter.

12:32 PM  
Blogger Babs said...

Hey Exmi, was in Maymana on the day of the riot. Interestingly th cartoon was at best an excuse to gather and spread disorder for certain organised (armed) groups. Hence the ensuing chaso as it turned into and anti-ISAF anti-ANA feast.

I reckon in most of Afghanistan the disturbances have been symptomatic of some commander's lastign will to return to an era where they were all powerful. Will do my best to give you an account of the Maymana events this weekend.

8:44 AM  
Blogger exMI said...

I look forward to it!

8:19 AM  
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