Sunday, October 01, 2006

Denmark - Did they learn their lesson?

Such is the thinking of the left wing media that they ask such a question on the anniversary of the Muhammad cartoons. Further, they frame the debate as if the Dane's are responsible for what happened. Listen to the BBC.

Almost everyone agrees that the ensuing row was a wake-up call for Denmark. Ironically, the controversy may have been what the country needed to begin engaging with its Muslim citizens.

See? It's the Danes fault. Never mind that Muslims don't want to integrate into Western society.

Under the heading "Lessons learned" the BBC has this to say.

As the row turned international, traders and supermarkets across the Arab world began boycotting Danish goods.

The latest figures from Danish Industry (DI) suggest that export of Danish foods to Muslim countries has fallen 35% while other European countries have seen a 10% rise in exports to the same region.

As if to say, freedom of expression will cost you economically in the future. The BBC then ask the question again.

The question everyone is asking is has Denmark learned its lesson?

What lesson is that BBC? What exactly did Denmark do wrong? Was exercising their right to freedom of speech at the risk of enraging Muslims, the lesson to be learned?

The Guardian has similar thoughts but at least the report the truth about the economic fall out.

While Danish milk products were dumped in the Middle East, fervent rightwing Americans started buying Bang & Olufsen stereos and Lego. In the first quarter of this year Denmark's exports to the US soared 17%.

The implication being that the left doesn't support Denmark's right to freedom of speech.

The Guardian likewise blames the Danes.

One year on, protagonists have few regrets despite deaths of more than 139 people

As if those deaths were their fault and not rioting Muslims who were trying to stifle free speech.

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