The weekend (and Labor Day) news slump will undoubtedly cause the meme about the Muslim rage over Lars Vilks’ drawings to become dormant, so here’s a quick roundup of the latest items. There probably won’t be anything else before Monday.
The most interesting dispatch this morning is from an official Iranian news site, Press TV, announcing Sweden’s capitulation in the Modoggie affair:
Sweden regrets prophet’s cartoon
Sweden has made amends for the publication of a blasphemous cartoon insulting the Prophet of Islam (PBUH) in a local Swedish newspaper.
In response to Islamabad’s complaint over the cartoon depicting the Prophet Mohammad (PBUH), the Embassy of Sweden in Pakistan has regretted the grave affront to the religious sentiments of over 1 billion Muslims worldwide.
Other cartoons depicting the Prophet sparked worldwide protests last year as thousands of Muslims marched in the streets in several countries in a display of anger over the blasphemous cartoons published in a Danish daily.
Notice that it credits the BBC for this story. The BBC, like all the other Western news services, simply repeated what official Pakistani media outlets reported: “The Chargé d’Affaires said the Swedish government fully shared the views of Muslim community and termed the publication as unfortunate.”
But not only is there no independent source confirming this story, the Swedish government has in fact stated that the Pakistani statement was disinformation; in other words, the government of Pakistan is lying.
According to Cecilia Julin, the Swedish foreign ministry’s head of press and information, the Pakistani government’s press release contains disinformation. From Nerikes Allehanda:
Sweden’s foreign ministry claims there are several relevant false facts in the press release sent by Pakistan’s government after the meeting. For instance, it reads that Lennart Holst is sorry for the publication.
“That is incorrect,” says the foreign ministry’s head of press and information Cecilia Julin.
“Our chargé d’affaires described Swedish freedom of speech and the press, and that there’s no censorship in Sweden. He has never said that the Swedish government shares the [Muslims’] view about the protest, but he said that he was sorry if the publication had hurt Muslims”
Somehow this little news item never made it into English. Strange, huh?
There’s a kind of Gresham’s Law of Information at work here, in which the debased version of a story drives the accurate one out of media circulation.
And now Sweden is being set up to apologize, in a collective effort to create the event before it even happens. A little bit of media pressure to force Mr. Reinfeldt’s hand…
And, just to remind the Swedes of what they’re up against, there are the obligatory “over 1 billion Muslims” who have taken offense. You wouldn’t want to have more than a billion Muslims mad at you, now would you, eh, Svensson? Time to give up and say you’re sorry!
The next story, from the Gulf News, asserts that religious scholars in Afghanistan have added their voices to those 2.5 septillion Muslims who have already condemned Lars Vilks:
Indignant Afghanistan slams Prophet Mohammad sketch
Kabul: Afghanistan on Saturday condemned the printing of a “hostile” and “blasphemous” sketch of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) in a Swedish newspaper.
The sketch of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) with the body of a dog also drew condemnation from Pakistan. Muslims consider dogs to be impure and images of the Prophet are forbidden.
“This has disturbed the Islamic world and aroused the indignation of all Muslims,” religious scholars said in a statement published on The Kabul Times.
They demanded that those responsible be handed over to a court for prosecution and punishment.
Once again, we hear a call to prosecute and punish the offending journalists. After all, that’s how we do things here in Kabul — why can’t Sweden hang the bastards who did this?
And finally, here’s a tantalizing story from Earth Times; it’s the only version I can find so far on the web. Apparently other Swedish newspapers are defiantly republishing the Modoggies today in a gesture of solidarity with Nerikes Allehanda:
Leading Scandinavian dailies reprinted a caricature of Islam’s Prophet Mohammed depicted as a dog on Saturday as renewed protests began in the Muslim world. In Pakistan several demonstrations were reported in response to the caricature printed August 19 in the Swedish regional newspaper Nerikes Allehanda.
Back in July when this story first started, searching for “Vilks” on Google News turned up zero stories. Today, the same search results in 136 hits.
When Rage Boy finally appears and the embassies start burning, expect that number to grow considerably larger.
Previous posts on this topic:
The Swedes Narrowly Avert Their Own Motoon Crisis
The Prophet as an Obedient Retriever
That Doggone Mohammed
Swedish Muslims Will Exhibit the Modoggies
Lars Vilks Dogged by Death Threats
Modoggies Make it into the Swedish MSM, But…
Oh, No! It’s Happening Again!
Sweden Gets Sent to the Woodshed
An Ironic Rondellhund
Now We Know Who’s Behind the Modoggies
Swedish Muslims Form Anti-Free Speech Committee
Pakistan Objects to the Modoggies
The OIC is Barking Now
A New Modoggie Protest in Örebro
Swedish Flags are Burning
The Cavalry of Neo-Colonialism