I disse dager er det to år siden Jyllands-Posten publiserte sine Muhammed-tegninger. Avisens kulturredaktør Flemming Rose oppsummerer i den anledning de etterfølgende hendelsene:

No one expected this kind of reaction. Last year, I visited Bernard Lewis at Princeton and he told me: «Your case in unique in a historical sense. Never before in modern times, on such a scale, have Muslims insisted upon applying Islamic law to what non-Muslims are doing in non-Muslim country. It has never happened before. And you can’t really compare the Rushdie affair, because he was perceived to be an apostate.» And as he told me, there is a long tradition of offending the Prophet in history. In the St. Petronio church in Bologna there is, on the ceiling, a painting of Mohammad in hell, based Dürer’s paintings of Dante’s Divine Comedy.

Those people who say, «you offended one billion people,» or «you offended a weak minority,» they lack the understanding of the raw power game that was at play here. This had very little to do with insulting religious sensibilities, though it was being used by influential groups and regimes in the Middle East to stir up emotions. It was a very well planned and executed operation. It was not spontaneous in any way.

Abu Laban, the Danish imam that promoted the cartoons in the Arab world, was saying that we aren’t allowed to build mosques in Denmark, that the Koran is being censored, that we aren’t allowed to have our own cemeteries, that Muslims are almost on the verge of being sent to concentration camps. But the fact is that Muslims in Denmark enjoy more rights than they would in any Muslim country. In fact, two weeks ago a delegation from the Egyptian parliament were in Denmark and they were surprised when they spoke to Danish Muslims who said «we enjoy living here.»

(Lenke via Tim Blair)