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European Cartoons Bring Threats of Violence from Saudi Arabia [Jan. 25th, 2006|10:54 pm]
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If you had to read that headline twice, I don't blame you; I had to do the same, and I'm the one who typed it!

But yes, it's true -- The Religious Policeman quotes this article in Arab News, which states that the The Saudi Arabian Council of Ministers and Shoura Council ("Poodle Parliament") took time out from pretending to deal with the recent crowd-control fiasco in Mecca, and turned their attention to the pressing issue of cartoons in Europe:

JEDDAH, 24 January 2006 — Saudi Arabia yesterday denounced European newspapers that published cartoons denigrating the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and said such spiteful actions would spread hatred and animosity among people of different faiths...The Cabinet was referring to the caricatures published by some Danish and Norwegian dailies.

The Cabinet meeting, chaired by the Regent Prince Sultan at Yamamah Palace in Riyadh, expressed anguish and surprise at the inadequate reaction from governments and people in those countries against such vilifications, despite their economic, political and cultural relations with the Islamic world.

In a similar statement, the Shoura Council also condemned the attacks of Danish and Norwegian newspapers on the Prophet and said such publications would unleash communal hatred.


In light of the Madrid bombings, the London Tube station bombings, and largely orchestrated mob-violence in France and Denmark, this statement sounds dangerously close to a direct threat. Is there something the Council of Ministers need to tell MI-5?

“Those who publish such cartoons do not know the consequences; they will spread hatred and division and create animosity between communities and religions,” the Shoura said.

Right -- terrorist cells are active all over Europe, innocent people have been murdered in London and Madrid, and Iran is now run by a Jew-bashing Holocaust-denier with nukes; but publication of cartoons in newspapers will "create animosity?" Did these Ministers come to work drunk?

The statement rejected publication of such obnoxious cartoons in the name of freedom of expression. “All constitutions and laws in the world call for the respect of Prophets and divine religions,” it added.

Whose "constitutions and laws" have these Ministers even read? Certainly not America's. Of course, if they had Bush's chum Karen Hughes explain our Constitution to them, then I can see why they'd get it wrong.

(The EU Constitution also has a freedom-of-speech clause, but it's so riddled with exceptions and qualifications as to be a total waste of keystrokes.)

Shoura Council Chairman Dr. Saleh Bin-Humaid urged intellectuals and peace-loving people of the world to stop such vilifications against the Prophet of Islam and punish its perpetrators.

This request is both appalling and funny: the Saudi Royal Family are too corrupt even to control themselves; their worst, most bigoted "students" have taken over the schools and are now policing the daily actions of people with ten times their intellect; anti-Semitism is standard in the curriculum; and their country is both an exporter and financier of the worst sorts of terrorists; but they expect "intellectuals and peace-loving people of the world" to keep those spiteful Europeans from criticizing them?

While they're at it, are they also going to ask "intellectuals and peace-loving people of the world" to help them enforce Khomeini's old fatwa against Salman Rushdie?

To illustrate the sort of "spiteful actions" the Saudis want foreign powers to help them suppress, our blogger has reprinted this cartoon from Denmark:



Followed by this:



Let's see if the Ministers "get it"...
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[User Picture]From: peaceful_fox
2006-01-26 06:42 am (UTC)

The URLs are truncated.

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I thought you would want to know that the photo links don't work either on my home or work computers.
[User Picture]From: motherwell
2006-01-26 07:08 am (UTC)

Re: The URLs are truncated.

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That's strange -- they worked on my home PC, but didn't -- at first -- on my office PC. Since then they've worked here. You might try going elsewhere, then getting back to this site.

If that doesn't work, go to the Religious Policeman's site; both cartoons are there, and last I looked, his links still work.

PS: I love that icon. Japanese cuteness never fails to amuse. (And it's probably, like Pokemon, banned in Saudi Arabia!)
[User Picture]From: peaceful_fox
2006-01-26 07:19 am (UTC)

Re: The URLs are truncated.

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There's a reason why they are working on your home PC and didn't work on your work PC at first and I am unfortunately not technical enough to explain it. :-/ It's something to do with the cache, or is it cash? Maybe you don't have enough money. Maybe it has to do with Johnny Cash. You're not listening to enough country music.

I was able to look at them last night by figuring out where the image URL was truncated by looking at your Source Code (what lengths I go to to look at cartoons) and comparing it with the source code on the Religious Policeman site. After comparing them and entering the correct URL my computer was then able to view them on your post.

I came home, could see them, cleared the cache and now can't see them. I couldn't see them at work at all.

I think it's Saudi censor ship, a ship filled with perfumed resins. I'm getting incensed thinking about it. Or perhaps it's a sensor ship and the captain and crew are kept in a photoelectric cell.

I need sleep.

:::cue Twilight Zone Theme:::
[User Picture]From: motherwell
2006-01-26 07:30 am (UTC)

Re: The URLs are truncated.

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Okay, this is weird: I hit "Refresh" and the cartoons vanished on this page; I hit "Back," and the cartoons were on my main page; then I "Refreshed" it, and they disappeared. Then I went somewhere else, and came back to LJ, and the cartoons have reappeared. More on this crisis as it develops...
[User Picture]From: kevinrtaylor
2006-01-26 10:11 am (UTC)

Re: The URLs are truncated.

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I suspect that the server which hosts the source page has protection against bandwidth theft, i.e. it will refuse to serve the images if the http-referrer (the page from which you request the images) is off-server.

When you view the original source page the images go into your cache, so that when you then view the LJ page they are available from cache.

When you clear the cache the browser tries to re-load them from the source server which refuses to serve them because the http-referrer is under-age off-server.

The truncated URL's are probably just a fault in Internet Explorer's image property sheet.
"Muhammed_Jens_Julius_Hansen_Jyllands-Posten_Cartoons.jpg" is rather a long filename, and it got truncated at the hyphen, probably by being erroneously fed to a word-wrapping routine.
(Opera 8.51 shows the URL in full.)
[User Picture]From: peaceful_fox
2006-01-26 10:13 am (UTC)

Re: The URLs are truncated.

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What he said. Yeah.
[User Picture]From: motherwell
2006-01-26 11:09 am (UTC)

Re: The URLs are truncated.

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"Muhammed_Jens_Julius_Hansen_Jyllands-Posten_Cartoons.jpg" is rather a long filename, and it got truncated at the hyphen, probably by being erroneously fed to a word-wrapping routine.

That sentence implies dark depths of demented, surrealistic violence. Or a poem by Les Barker...
[User Picture]From: peaceful_fox
2006-01-26 12:50 pm (UTC)

Re: The URLs are truncated.

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Or the song "John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt"!
[User Picture]From: motherwell
2006-01-26 11:10 am (UTC)

Anyway...

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Thank you both for the tips.