The irony of the Islamist response to cartoon depictions of Muhammed: Imply that Islam is a terrorist religion and Muslims will terrorize you
PZ Myers addresses the irony of the Islamist response to those non-Muslims who would dare blaspheme against Islam. He says “it’s simply stupid to try and protest accusations that you are violent by committing acts of violence.”
PZ goes on to address what he describes as a pattern of escalation:
The aggrieved Muslims are saying, “Mock our god and we will kill you.” They have the goal of suppressing images they consider blasphemous.
The cartoonists are saying, “Threaten to kill us and we will mock your god.” Obviously, they’d like to stay alive, but their goal in this context is to see their work disseminated widely.
Now ask yourself, who is achieving their goals? Who is winning?
It looks to me like a few relatively obscure cartoonists are crushing the fundamentalist Muslim world. Those cartoons aren’t even that good, and they’re being published everywhere, even appearing on blogs.
PZ concludes by pondering if perhaps he has been misinterpreting the Islamist position.
maybe their goal is actually to make sure the world thinks their beliefs are dangerous and stupid, and also ineffectual; they’re flailing pointlessly to suppress a couple of scribblings that would have vanished into obscurity, and have managed to turn them into icons of Islamic insanity.
It’s the Streisand effect, Islamist terrorist edition. I was going to do an MS Paint mock-up of Streisand wearing the Kurt Westergaard turban-bomb, but didn’t want to risk getting sued by Streisand for publicizing an image that could be interpreted as meaning that Streisand is a supporter of Islamic terrorism. It also occurred to me to make a mock-up of Westergaard’s turban-bomb Muhammed head sitting in the place of Streisand’s head in the picture below, but didn’t want to risk having to live a life under police protection. It’s a shame that this is actually not an illegitimate fear.