Friday, March 17, 2006

Spot the Difference 2

Islamist loons parade through the streets bearing banners such as "Behead those who insult Islam", "Europe, you will pay; extermination is on its way" and this little beauty (pictured), but the BBC says these banners only "appeared to threaten".

How reassuring it is that the BBC does not display such doubts when reporting other stories.

"One [cartoon] showed the Prophet Muhammad, whose depiction is banned in Islam, as a terrorist bomber."

"But one cartoon, showing the Prophet wearing a turban shaped as a bomb with a burning fuse, extends the caricature of Muslims as terrorists to Muhammad."

"One depicts Muhammad as a terrorist."

Here was I thinking that the bomb-in-the-turban was just a piece of heavy-handed symbolism; it did not portray the Mohammad as a terrorist as such, but was using imagery to show how the name of the Prophet was invoked when Islamists committed acts of violence. At least that was how I interpreted it.

I am grateful to the BBC for explaining this cartoon to me and pointing out that a banner that threatens violence does not really threaten violence but merely "appears" to threaten violence. There is no question, according to the BBC, of the cartoon "appearing" to depict Mo as a "terrorist" - it does. The BBC says so.

(Hat-tip to a chappie at Biased BBC for spotting this)


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