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February 17, 2008

Sunday Morning Danish

Now With More Spine

Danish MPs have cancelled a trip to Iran after Tehran demanded they apologise for the republication of cartoons deemed offensive to Islam.

Two days before the scheduled trip, Tehran demanded the MPs condemn the cartoon on their arrival in Iran.

Eleven Danish papers republished the cartoons as a show of solidarity after a plot to kill one of the cartoonists was uncovered.

This triggered several days of peaceful demonstrations and car torchings in Copenhagen, as well as exciting pyrotechnic displays/ chanting in remote sandy-ass regions of the world where folks are very keen on keeping up with international news and reacting like fucking lunatics to it.

"We are not the ones to apologise," said Villy Soevndal, the leader of Denmark's Socialist People's Party.

"If anyone needs to apologise for freedom of speech, human rights, imprisonments, executions and lack of democracy, it is the Iranians."

Denmark's foreign minister has backed the parliamentarians' decision not to travel.

To our friends in the United Kingdom: This is how you do it.

On the apprehended conspirators;

Two of the men, who are not Danish citizens, are due to be expelled to Tunisia rather than put on trial.

Many Danish Muslims criticised this decision, saying it would be better to examine the evidence and punish the men if they were really guilty.

Yes. Deportation to Tunisia would seem rather a bad precedent to set, if I were a Danish Muslim.
It has more of a sense of finality to it than imprisonment in Denmark.


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