Islamic culture has continually transgressed its own taboos. But sustained provocation will put off even the best of wills.
At some point in the future, the current caricature controversy will provide experts in media studies with an illustration of how Western and non-Western broadcasters, acting in perfect accord, are capable in just a few days of generating the very mass hysteria about which they are reporting. Anyone who expresses an opinion becomes a part of this scenario, in which each must have his say: the critics of Islam, as well as the representatives of Muslim society, the media critics and the journalists who complain about media critics. This author keenly anticipates learning which corner this text has placed him in.
According to his article, Mr Kermani is convinced that the rampaging muslims are the fault of the Jylland-Posten provoking them.
True. Everybody can be provoked except muslims, for if many Arabs and Muslims are behaving these days like bulls with limited intellects and powers of comprehension, allowing themselves to lose control over a handful of tasteless cartoons then those providing said provocation are obviously discriminating against them.
It doesn't seem to matter that the cartoons are relatively inoffensive compared with anti-semitic cartoons that abound in Arabic media, or that everyone else seems to be fair game. Just that the time-honoured tradition of pushing the boundaries is appropriate for everyone else.
The muslims are stereotyped and victimised throughout the world. Perhaps if they did not behave in ways that promoted the stereotyping there wouldn't be any need to worry about the picture of the enraged and aggressive muslim declaring death to infidels.