Sunday, February 05, 2006


Atshay Offay Ootay Esmay

Besides prompting me to brush up on my Pig Latin, Dean Esmay has caused me to reconsider my default setting of contempt for him with some calm, intelligent analysis of the spiralling-out-of-control Cartoon War.

He rightly demands that so-called conservative flame-fanners like Neal Boortz be criticized for the patently un-conservative practice of conflating the acts of individual criminals with a theoretical mob consensus encompassing all of Islam. Esmay is also deeply suspicious of those like Boortz who are clearly gagging for the current situation to spark an ultra-violent, all-encompassing Clash of Civilizations between the West and the Muslim world.

Good for you, Dean. And good for one of Dean's commenters, JRogge, who completely dismantles the common appeal to "Muslims dancing in the streets on 9/11" with this observation: "A well placed camera can make a couple hundred human beings look like an entire country."

Meanwhile, Syria's Foreign Ministry has kinda apologized for the torching of the Danish and Norwegian embassies in Damascus by angry mobs.

UPDATE: Make sure that when reading the Esmay post, you scroll down in the comments to catch Marin L. Shoemaker's skewering of the wingnut contention that the cartoon mobs represent anything like a significant fraction of worldwide Muslims, let alone a majority of them.

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