Det kan nesten virke som en kuriøsitet, men også i Bagdad holdes det nå taler mot Danmark på grunn av profet-tegningene. Jyllands-Postens lille stunt er blitt en sak som lever sitt eget liv, og hvordan avlive oppfatninger som har festet seg hos så mange?

Sheikh Hazem al-Aaraji, a follower of radical Shiite cleric Moqtada Sadr, said the people in the restive western town of Ramadi are defending themselves from foreign fighters led by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, a fact previously noted by the US military.

Aaraji and many other Iraqis also denounced the recent publication of Danish cartoons of Prophet Mohammed.

«They want to disfigure Islam and this we cannot accept. These cartoons directly attack the personality of the messenger of God. We say to them: they cannot attack the Mohammed, nor any of them prophets,» thundered Aaraji in a Baghdad mosque.

Meanwhile, Sheikh Sadreddin Kubanji of the Supreme Council of the Islamic Revolution in Iraq (SCIRI), meanwhile, backed Iran’s bid for nuclear power.

The project of democratization preached by the West «cannot be selective,» he said.

«If this political reform and search for peace in the region does not allow Iran to possess nuclear energy, it (West) should not have permitted Israel to acquire nuclear arms.»(afp)

German hostages in Iraq plead for lives