Wednesday, February 08, 2006
Mohammad Cartoons: The Story Behind the Pictures
The 12 cartoons the Mullahs don't want you to see were published in the Egyptian newspaper Al Fagr five months ago. According to Freedom for Egyptians, the Danish cartoons were printed on the front page with special reporting on page 17, during Ramadan, Oct 17, 2005.
In November 2005, a Danish Muslim delegation, led by Abu Laban, put together a booklet to use during a tour of the Middle East to publicize the 12 cartoons. According to The Counerterrorism Blog, the delegation wanted to discuss the cartoon issue with senior officials and important Islamic scholars. They met with Sunni Islam's most influential scholar, Yusuf al Qaradawi, Arab League Secretary Amr Moussa, and Grand Imam of Al-Azhar Sheikh Mohammad Sayyed Tantawi. Abu Laban, a 60-year-old Palestinian that Danish intelligence has connected to Islamist operating in Denmark, said, "We want to internationalize this issue so that the Danish government will realize that the cartoons were insulting, not only to Muslims in Denmark, but also to Muslims worldwide."
Okay, so far no big deal. But, within the booklet the delegation was distributing were three other cartoons not included in the Jyllands-Posten publication and, indeed, were never part of the selection of cartoons submitted to the Danish newspaper. The three extra cartoons are highly offensive by anyone's standards, but were represented by the delegation as part and parcel with the original 12 cartoons. Abu Laban claims they clarified the distinction between the published cartoons and the unpublished, but the claim has not been verified. On a previous occasion, Abu Laban said that "mockery against Mohamed deserves death penalty." It appears to be a deliberate act of incitement by a notorious Islamist practicinging taqiya. Taqiya is a special form of lying which allows Muslims to withhold the truth without consequence and is used especially when addressing infidels.
The crude photocopy (left, top) picture of the pigman contrasted with the original photo version as depicted by Michele Malkin, clearly shows this is not a cartoon. It is, in fact, a news photo of a pig calling contest in France. The photocopy was included in the booklet without reference to the French contest.
The other two faked cartoons, supposedly are representations of the snail-mail and e-mail that are being received by Muslims in Denmark and the rest of Europe. But, again, this is not made clear in the booklet used by the delegation on its publicity tour through the Middle Eastern Muslim nations.
These three cartoons are very obviously not up to the arts standards as the genuine 12. These are exceptionally crude in both style and content and in no way would be published by any reputable newspaper, except in the current circumstances to show the public what the rioting is about.
In nations with populations unfamiliar with art and the depiction of the human form, the peoples therein might easily be convinced that these are genuine examples of Western cartooning. The members of the delegation were most certainly familiar with the cartoon standards of the modern west and most certainly knew the likely response of an unsophisticated populous.
Let this be a lesson to the West of the media sophistication of the Islamist enemy we face. They are capable and willing to use any means necessary to defeat the nations of freedom and hope. We must be smarter in the media wars than they are. If not, we can lose.
The life of Indigo Red is full of adventure. Tune in next time for the Further Adventures of Indigo Red.