Matter Meets Antimatter: Free Speech v. Islam Explodes for Europe

Michelle Malkin is running with the story (which I saw first on Instapundit) about a political cartoonist’s depiction of an injured Iraq veteran that raised the ire of the armed services so profoundly that all five of the Joint Chiefs of Staff signed a letter in protest. These are the “warlords” who control the world’s most powerful war machine.

Contrast civilization vs. civilization:

In a very gingerly written story, the Associated Press reports that Europe is being put to the test — not later, but now — of whether it will protect its interests in free speech within its own borders when threatened by Islamicists abroad — especially the new bosses of their favorite country, Palestine — as they explicitly demand that it not do so, or else:

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip – Armed militants angered by a cartoon drawing of the Prophet Muhammad published in European media surrounded EU offices in Gaza on Thursday and threatened to kidnap foreigners as outrage over the caricatures spread across the Islamic world.

Foreign journalists, diplomats and aid workers began leaving Gaza as gunmen there threatened to kidnap citizens of France, Norway, Denmark and Germany unless those governments apologize for the cartoon.

In Paris, the daily newspaper France Soir fired its managing editor after it republished the caricatures Wednesday, and Pakistani protesters chanting “Death to France!”

Militants in Gaza said they would shut down media offices from France, Norway, Denmark and Germany, singling out the French news agency Agence France Presse.

“Any citizens of these countries, who are present in Gaza, will put themselves in danger,” a Fatah-affiliated gunman said as he stood outside the EU Commission’s office in Gaza. He was flanked by two masked men holding up their rifles.

The director of media rights group Reporters Without Borders, Robert Menard, called for calm. “We need to figure out how to reconcile freedom of expression and respect of faith,” he said.

Welcome to the monster you’ve created, Western Europe. Welcome to the New Palestine.

UPDATE: Welcome, Instapundit readers. Hey, good luck finding the cartoons on line — I couldn’t. And I’m not so sure I would link to them if I could. Would you?

UPDATE: Joshua Scharf answers the question with a resounding YES.

UPDATE: “Buy Danish?” Maybe not so fast.

UPDATE:  Denmark capitulates; civil disobedience.  Click it!

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