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Friday, February 24, 2006

The Muslim lunacy timeline

Updated: I found this timeline of events regarding the Muslim cartoon outrage. As more events occur, I'll add them to this timeline (latest events will be at the top of the list). It'll be interesting to see how things turn out as time goes by.


19 February: Police use tear gas to disperse demonstrators who stage protest in defiance of ban, in Islamabad, Pakistan.

Tens of thousands of protestors chanting slogans against Denmark, Israel and the United States, rally in Istanbul, Turkey.

18 February: Sixteen people are killed in attacks against Christian targets in the northern Nigerian city of Maiduguri.

The Italian reform minister who wore a T-shirt with the cartoons resigns. Libyan Interior Minister Nasr al-Mabrouk is suspended and referred for investigation into police actions during the Benghazi rioting.

In Pakistan, four protesters are wounded after police reportedly open fire demonstrators in the eastern town of Chaniot.

17 February: At least 10 people are killed and several injured in the Libyan city of Benghazi in clashes during a protest outside the Italian consulate. Pakistan detains more than 100 people to stem protests.

Denmark temporarily closes its embassy in Pakistan because of the security situation. Pakistan recalls its ambassador in Denmark for consultations.

15 February: Three people die in the Pakistan cities of Peshawar and Lahore.

Italian government minister Roberto Calderoli says he is distributing T-shirts displaying the controversial cartoons.

14 February: Pakistani security guards shoot dead two protesters in Lahore. In Islamabad, police use tear gas to disperse students who entered a diplomatic area.

Crowds attack British and German embassies in Iran and Basra city council in southern Iraq calls for the withdrawal of Danish troops from the country.

13 February: A leading Iranian newspaper, the Hamshahri Daily, launches a competition asking people to submit cartoons about the Holocaust, which the paper says is to test the boundaries of free speech for Westerners.

12 February: Denmark's foreign ministry urges all Danes to leave Indonesia over intelligence fears they may be targeted. Indonesia describes the move as "hasty".

10 February: Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi tells a conference in Kuala Lumpur a huge chasm has opened between the West and Islam, fuelled by Muslim frustrations over Western foreign policy. Thousands outside protest over the cartoons.

9 February: Hundreds of thousands of Shia Muslims in Lebanon turn a religious ceremony into a protest over the cartoons.

8 February: French magazine Charlie Hebdo publishes the cartoons along with other caricatures. French President Jacques Chirac condemns decisions to reprint the cartoons as "overt provocation".

7 February: Several hundred Iranians attack the Danish embassy in Tehran as the country announces it is cutting all trade ties with Denmark.

6 February: Protests claim lives - at least five people are killed in Afghanistan, and a teenage boy dies after protesters attack police in Somalia.

5 February: Lebanese demonstrators set the Danish embassy in Beirut on fire. Interior Minister Hassan Sabeh resigns over the violent protests.

4 February: Syrians attack Danish and Norwegian embassies in Damascus, prompting UN chief Kofi Annan to call for calm.

2 February: The editor of the French newspaper France Soir is sacked for printing the cartoons.

1 February: Papers in France, Germany, Italy and Spain reprint the caricatures, defying Muslim outrage.

31 January: The Danish paper apologises. The Danish prime minister welcomes the apology but defends the freedom of the press.

30 January: Gunmen raid the EU's offices in Gaza, demanding an apology over the cartoons.

26 January: Saudi Arabia recalls its ambassador to Denmark, while Libya says it is closing its embassy in Copenhagen.

10 January: A Norwegian newspaper reprints the cartoons.


20 October: Ambassadors from 10 Islamic countries complain to the Danish prime minister about the cartoons.

17 October 2005: Egyptian newspaper al-Fagr reprints some of the cartoons, describing them as a "continuing insult" and a "racist bomb".

30 September: A series of cartoons, some depicting the Prophet Muhammad as a terrorist, are published by Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten.

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Blogger NightFallTech said...

And here comes world war 3.... you heard it here first folks!

2/09/2006 04:07:00 PM  
Blogger Alan Howard said...

It's interesting how many ambassadors have been recalled here and there... :-)

2/09/2006 04:09:00 PM  
Blogger NightFallTech said...

And at the same time Hammas (sp?) comes into power in palestine, Iran is under investigation for building nuclear weapons and oil prices are going through the roof. I think being a diplomat right now would be a pretty tough job.

2/09/2006 06:36:00 PM  
Blogger Alan Howard said...

I think the world's going to hell in a hand basket, and I'm just glad that I'm here in NZ.

2/09/2006 07:22:00 PM  
Anonymous Archana said...

This is about so much more than just the cartoons... Check out a response from one of my favorite authors at http://www.slate.com/id/2135661/.

2/10/2006 04:55:00 AM  
Blogger Alan Howard said...

Of COURSE it's about more than just cartoons. It's about freedom of expression. However, Muslims are quite plainly stating, and in no uncertain terms, that freedom of expression is something that they abhor. In fact, they abhor it so much that they will apparently attempt to kill ANYONE because of it. Whoever they kill doesn't even need to be involved. Same nationality will do.

If you're a Muslim you could kill me simply because 1) I'm not a Muslim, and 2) because I'm the same race as someone who offended you.

Muslims are forcing non-Muslims to have to defend themselves, and they're not leaving that much of a choice.

It IS about more than cartoons. It's about a religion which thrives on violence and death, and has no place in modern, peaceful and tolerant (mostly) society.

2/10/2006 06:39:00 AM  
Blogger Moghal said...

It's also about the hypocrisy of Western - and particularly European, in this case - governments, who support Freedom of Expression when the expressions suit them.

Look at David Irving, currently starting a 3 year jail term in Austria for suggesting that the holocaust didn't take place? I've not seen anyone stand up for his right to have his say in the 'Free' press...

2/24/2006 09:44:00 PM  
Blogger Chancelucky said...

unfortunately this applies equally well to the two largest monotheistic religions.

"It IS about more than cartoons. It's about a religion which thrives on violence and death, and has no place in modern, peaceful and tolerant (mostly) society."

2/25/2006 12:09:00 PM  
Blogger Alan Howard said...

And yet, I don't think those other monotheistic religions have worlwide riots, death threats, attacks and rewards offered for murders, if there are cartoons published about God or whatever.

2/25/2006 12:50:00 PM  

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