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Spontaneously Planned Protests Are Oxymoron of the Year

Spontaneously Planned Protests Are Oxymoron of the Year
DOV BURT LEVY
January 27, 2006


You've got to give credit where credit is due. Those Muslim SRZs (super-religious zealots) sure know how to manage a worldwide Spontaneously Planned Protest, perfectly timed to distract from other issues important to them.

Imagine being able to mount violent demonstrations in 20 or 30 cities, with the same slogans being chanted, the same over-the-head clenched fists and here's the biggie a plentiful supply of Danish flags to burn. Who would have thought that Danish flags were in such good supply in all the Arab capitals?

The Muslim SRZs would have the world believe this violence is really about the cartoons published in a Danish newspaper, that these are a people's spontaneous uprisings, and that they don't know that Western governments do not control what gets printed in their newspapers.

By now most of us know that these offensive cartoons first appeared last September, some five months ago.

You don't have to hold a Ph.D. in political science to see through the propaganda. To see that perhaps these violent demonstrations all over the world, fueled by self-righteous statements from the heads of many Arab countries, are designed to divert attention from two key issues, as well as to give the appearance of Arab power and solidarity.

The first issue, of course, is the possible United Nations Security Council sanctions against Iran's nuclear development, a program which, once attained, will threaten a dozen countries in the Middle East and beyond.

The second is the recent Hamas victory in the Palestinian elections and the continuing question of whether foreign aid will continue to flow to a country dedicated, in word and deed, to the destruction of Israel.

What a good job the Spontaneously Planned Protests have done in replacing these other issues in the worldwide media.

But even more important is the message these demonstrations send: If we can mount protests of such ferocity over a few cartoons in a small newspaper, in a small nation with an obscure language, imagine what we Muslims are capable of doing if sanctions fall upon Iran or Hamas.

Of course, now the question becomes, what will the world do?

So far, some newspapers have rerun the offensive cartoons as a sign of solidarity with their beleaguered Danish newspaper colleagues. For them, the issue is freedom of the press.

I like that idea, but must admit that political cartoons like those depicting Israel as a Nazi nation make me want to at least smash an egg on the head of the cartoonist. Regardless, most of us would not burn an embassy to protest an offensive item in a newspaper.

I like less the fact that some Western politicians are trying to mollify the street by showing sympathy with the demonstrators. Too bad that the Arab street is controlled by Muslim clergy and the demonstrators will not be listening to the simpatico Western pronouncements.

Rather, I would ask those Muslim leaders why demonstrations have not been launched against the suicide bombers and terrorist killers of 20,000 innocent Iraqi civilians over the past three years. My take is that the same Muslim leaders behind the cartoon uprising are the ones behind the daily murders in Iraq.

What about the attitudes and opinions of the citizenry at large in the non-Muslim countries around the world, particularly in North America and Western Europe? What will we think of all this? What will we remember? How will these events carry over to politicians and parties vying for power and votes in the future?

Or will the Super Bowl, to be played six hours from the time I sit here writing, be what most people remember six months from now?

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