Last night at dinner, kd and I were discussing the east-west conflict over the Danish cartoonists’ depictions of the prophet Mohammed. We agreed that there is a problem of societies not understanding or respecting each other, people seeing everything in black and white, and a prevailing attitude of ‘we’re right and you’re wrong.’ Having said all of that, we strongly believe in a free press and the value of satire, both of which are not necessarily valued in certain cultures.
I found this in the Washington Post:
Geert Wilders, a member of the Dutch parliament, posted the cartoons on his website Thursday under this explanation: “What is the price of freedom? As a token of support to the Danish cartoonists and to stand up for free speech, we will place their drawings here.”
If, like me, you are curious and want to see the cartoons that have caused such offence and subsequently boycotts, a kidnapping, threats and violence, they are here:
Under the entry for woensdag, 1 februari 2006, which is currently at the top of the page, click on Lees verder>>.