Leonudio wrote:I think freedom of speech is very necessary in a civilizated country, but i respect they culture and religion, so if they don't like pictures i'm ok. But... what about us?? If we want to have freedom of speech why don't we can have it in our own countries?? They are every day talking about killing jews, USA, Europe... and we say nothing. Someone draw a joke and they start a war!! I think there is anything wrong here.
I'm not saying those pictures shouldn't have been published. I think it was stupid, but in my opinion no one should force a newspaper to be quiet. A newspaper is independent and state shouldn't censor it. However, it is very stupid that if the islamistic people ask for some statement from the government, why must the government remain completely silent even when the case has emerged this far.
Why couldn't they say "We understand your bad feeling and want to make clear that this is not in any way the official opinion of the kingdom of Denmark"?
(Althought I said so, because I couldn't find any better English word when writing the text,) I don't think they should exactly apologize. But they should indeed do about anything else than just plain shut up. I can't understand the reasons behind staying completely quiet.
Then.. I'd like to speak a bit more about this "they" you are referring to.
Let me repeat again what you have said:
They are every day talking about killing jews, USA, Europe...
I am fairly sure that no more than 20% of islamistic people say that. And I believe even this number is far higher than the reality. It appears that you consider the whole islamistic world completely monolithic and refer to any thing any islamistic person has done as a thing done by this "they", the monolith consisting of every single islamistic person on this planet, thus blaming the 99% for what the 1% has said or done.
That thought is just plain wrong. The words uttered by one islamistic person represents the opinion of the whole group of islamistic people with the same logic my words represent the opinion of, say, the whole western civilization. (what an oxymoron..)
You can't say "they" in a meaning that is easily understood as "all of the people belonging to the group to which also this individual belongs" if you are referring to the thoughts or acts of an individual.
You also say that "they" start a war for a joke uttered by us.
This "they" simply has not been doing that. There is no war going on. There is a lot of frustrated anger in demonstrations, but no actual war. I can very well understand (no, I don't agree with it, but I do understand the point behind it) the feeling that we consider the islamistic people lower than ourselves. This act done by J.P. together with the inability of the Danish government to do anything before it's too late to do things stylishly has, in the eyes of the "islamistic world" (a.k.a. "they"), been another proof of use thinking only bad about the islamistic people.
Even if some people have said they'd like to have a nice little war about this, it very likely does not reflect the thoughts of the vast majority of islamistic people. There is an individual for every possible opinion. That means you can blame any big enough random group of people for absolutely anything, because you'll always find among them an individual with thoughts you absolutely have to disagree with.
However, even though it is important understanding most people want peace, it is just as well important understanding that this conflict is not about politics, but religion. Because islam has been insulted as a whole, it is indeed almost the whole religion that is angry about the pictures. And when there are a billion people very discontent, I fail to understand why Denmark must stay silent.
I great portion of world's human population has been made angry. And someone should indeed do something about it, not just babble about how the newspapers were right at what they did. That has become a nyance, the risen conflict has been bubbling under for a while and has now only found a way to show its existence.
DER Hasen! Doch.