Friday Intern Topic of the Day V: The Danish Cartoons
The following is an excerpt from an article published in this Friday's Newspaper by Uri Elitzur:
The violence over the Danish cartoons did not begin due to the cartoons just as the recent Intifadah was not caused by Ariel Sharons' visit to the dome. In 1939, many believed Hitler when he blamed the outbreak of war to "an incident" between German and Polish soldiers.
Normal people do not start wars over cartoons and Muslims are neither idiots nor retarded children. Most are not very religious either. The cartoons are not a reason but merely an excuse and when it will be exhausted they will move on to other excuses.
Do you really believe that Muslims are stupid? That they burn down embassies over cartoons? That they have been dying in the streets for five years because Ariel Sharon spent five minutes on the dome once? Do you think for one minute they don't realize that the cartoons are not really against Mohamed as much as they are a criticism of the violent nature of a so-called "peaceful" religion? "A spontaneous eruption of rage of an oppressed nation" the enlightened European says. Well, it's not.
It's not the cartoons, not the settlements and probably not the occupation either. There is a war brewing beneath the surface, burning like hot lava. It is looking for cracks in the ground where it can erupt.