February 09, 2006

Double Standards

BEIRUT, Lebanon - The leader of Hezbollah, heading a march by hundreds of thousands of Shiite Muslims Thursday, said President Bush and his secretary of state should "shut up" after they accused Syria and Iran of fueling protests over cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad.

Danes feared religious processions in Muslim countries Thursday to mark the Shiite festival of Ashoura would spill over into violence against its diplomats and soldiers after days of protests over the caricatures, which were first published in a Danish newspaper in September.

In Beirut, Hezbollah leader Sheik Hassan Nasrallah urged Muslims worldwide to keep demonstrating until there is an apology over the drawings and Europe passes laws forbidding insults to the prophet.

No. 1 - The muslim countries have always "insulted" the Jewish people, Christians and anyone else who does not believe the way they do through cartoons, articles and television. No. 2 - There was an apology given. They just didn't want to hear it. No. 3 - Christians and others protested at the time of the insults but not quite like this, they wrote letters requesting the offensive material be removed.

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