Mad at the Grainfield
As the Danish Cartoon War reaches ever higher levels of desperate thuggery, governments are actually taking action. Against the Danish government! Well, specifically one government . . . Iraq! Nevermind that this is incredibly ironic given that the Danish government has actually contributed a lot to Iraq's reconstruction. Iraq the Model has the news, and some smart commentary on this whole business.
We have a piece of wisdom here that says "The bird got mad at the grain field!" which as you can see means that sometimes people make stupid decisions that can harm only their own interests yet they think that by doing what they did they would harm those they're boycotting.
This saying applies to all Muslim countries in general and to our interim government in particular.
Our brilliant transportation minister Salam al-Maliki who is a Sadrist by the way announced that his ministry will suspend all projects and contracts with Denmark and Norway and said that Iraq will stop accepting any donations or offers concerning Iraq's reconstruction!
Who are they harming by doing this? Denmark? No…they are harming no one but Iraq and Iraqis.
I give up! I have to comment on the general situation…I swear that 90%+ of the protestors in Muslim countries have not seen the cartoons and do not know the name of the paper and when I say that I'm sure of it because I have access to the web 24/7 and I spent a really long time searching for the cartoons and couldn’t find them until a friend emailed me a link and.
You know that those cartoons were published for the 1st time months ago and we here in the Middle East have tonnes of jokes about Allah, the prophets and the angels that are way more offensive, funny and obscene than those poorly-made cartoons, yet no one ever got shot for telling one of those jokes or at least we had never seen rallies and protests against those infidel joke-tellers.
One last thing, even if the entire EU apologizes it won't change a thing; fanatics in our countries here had always considered the west their infidel arrogant crusader enemy and no apology no matter how big or sincere can change that.
You gotta trust people on the ground. Omar's perspective is interesting, being that he's in the middle of all this and has some of the same conclusions as a lot of us watching it from afar. Especially the last bit, which is pessimistic but probably totally on-point. If people think they can make better for this somehow, they're already heading down the wrong road.