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Monday, 2 June 2008

Muslims and squiggles, Part II

It's not certain, but seems likely. They're at it again, it seems, Muslims who don't like squiggles. Someone's let a bomb off near the Danish Embassy in Islamabad, killing eight people and hurting more than a dozen.

Threats have been made at other Danish embassies, too, according to this BBC report, since those 2005 Jyllands-Posten cartoons were republished in several newspapers earlier this year.

"The BBC's Barbara Plett in Islamabad says suspicion has fallen on al-Qaeda, as a video released by the network in recent weeks denounced the cartoons," says the story. It adds, "The cartoons, deemed offensive to Islam, led to worldwide protests when they were first printed in September 2005."

What these nutters don't realise is that, every time they protest, someone else, sometimes a newspaper, more often a blogger, reproduces one of the cartoons, and it's usually the one we have reproduced here: the one that's been dubbed the "turbomb".

If these Allah-soaked madmen stopped their mayhem, the cartoon issue might just go away.

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