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Aeeey... I just wrote a detailed point by point response and hit "post" and got a "page expired" message.  Poof ... gone.  Uhg.

Not going to write it all over, but will just say I think the reason Americans weren't more outraged by the cartoon is that 1) fierce defense of freedom of speech - we've seen worse in our own papers, no one here is immune from satire, it's our national defense mechanism - and 2) an unfortunately sizable percent of the population feel the Arabs & Muslims are terrorists, at worst, or dangerous at best, and they felt their racism vindicated when the Muslim response to the cartoons shown on TV was to bomb embassies...

Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities. -Voltaire

by p------- on Thu Mar 2nd, 2006 at 06:03:01 PM EST

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