It’s funny how Muslims can kill thousands of people without them having to close embassies around the world or be unable to go out and buy Halal meat. But when a French satirical magazine runs a few cartoons of Mohammed, then French schools and embassies around the world have to be closed, because the Muslim world already showed on the latest September 11 that it is incapable of abiding by the norms of civilized society.
Is Cartoonophobia or Islamophobia a greater problem? You decide.
The French foreign ministry in Paris said it would close its embassies and schools on Friday, the Muslim day of prayer, in around 20 Islamic countries because of fears of being targeted by angry protesters.
Tunisia’s ruling Islamist Ennahda party called for peaceful protests against the cartoons it branded a “new attack” on the Prophet Mohammed.
“In the current context, the French community is urged to be vigilant, to avoid all public gatherings and to stay away from sensitive areas,” the French embassy said in Tunis. “The French school network and Tunisia’s French Institute will be closed from midday on Wednesday… until Monday morning.”
In the Arab Spring roll call, Egypt and Tunisia, both run by Islamists, have called for protests. Libya’s security forces have collaborated with the Islamist attackers.
And the news isn’t good for French Jews either.
A small package bomb exploded inside a kosher supermarket in Sarcelles, a Paris suburb, on Wednesday, one day after Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, wounding four people.
The Jewish Community Protection Service (SPCJ) said two individuals dressed in black threw an explosive device inside the Naouri Market store at lunchtime. Sometimes called “Little Jerusalem,” Sarcelles, located north of Paris, is home to a large Jewish community.
Was this attack really about Muslim Cartoonophobia? Then why target a Jewish supermarket? The dirty truth about Muslim protests is that they are about attacks on existing enemies carried out under the flag of blasphemy, much as Bin Laden declared war on America with a pretext about American troops in Saudi Arabia.
“There is a concealed threat of violence here which could explode at any moment. Local youth live with it, they express it every day. It’s very easy, we are visible targets,” fumed Gerard Bouzag, 50, a trader who buys his supplies from the attacked shop.
“We are especially anxious given the approaching Jewish festivals. It’s the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur) next Wednesday, we don’t know what might happen,” confided Hubert Ayat, a pensioner who’s lived in the area since 1945.
There was little damage caused, but the emotional trauma is significant,” declared Joel Mergui, president of the Central Consistory of France, from the scene. “Where is it going to end up? Will it eventually be necessary to protect all the places where the Jewish community goes, the business, the restaurants?”, he demanded.
The Jewish community… and then eventually every non-Muslim community.