Saturday, February 04, 2006

Where Did All Those Burning Danish Flags Come From?

Charles Moore raises an interesting point in regards to all the Denmark-bashing going on in front of cameras throughout the Muslim world:
It’s some time since I visited Palestine, so I may be out of date, but I don’t remember seeing many Danish flags on sale there. Not much demand, I suppose. I raise the question because, as soon as the row about the cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed in Jyllands-Posten broke, angry Muslims popped up in Gaza City, and many other places, well supplied with Danish flags ready to burn. (In doing so, by the way, they offered a mortal insult to the most sacred symbol of my own religion, Christianity, since the Danish flag has a cross on it, but let that pass.)

Why were those Danish flags to hand? Who built up the stockpile so that they could be quickly dragged out right across the Muslim world and burnt where television cameras would come and look? The more you study this story of “spontaneous” Muslim rage, the odder it seems.
Moore has plenty more to say that is worth reading and pondering over.

Hmmm...and, by the way, why are there so many Muslim men (usually young men) with nothing to do except be angry and burn things on CNN and Al-Jazeera? What do they do in their spare time? comes to me now...they spend their free time working on their international flag collections!