Soooo talented! Right out of Der Sturmer!Uh oh, you just know it’s coming…

After offending Muslim sensibilities worldwide by telling the story of a Byzantine leader who dismissed Islam’s violence and speaking in negative terms of the concept of Jihad and forced conversions, the Pope has come out with a form of apology expression of regret. Clearly, the rioting and intense comments by a broad section of the Islamic world’s leadership have caused the Pope some grief, or at least sufficient concern regarding the impact of his remarks.

Of course, as this was going on, the Holocaust-denial cartoon festival sponsored by an Iranian newspaper and currently on display in an Iranian museum continues. The latest news is that no leaders in the Islamic world have spoken out against the show. To remind you, this show came about because some Danish Muslim clerics traveled to the Middle East with an exhibit of Danish cartoons that were deemed offensive to Islam. At the time, this caused riots across the Islamic world and plenty of Muslim leaders denouncing the cartoons and the Europeans’ callousness.

Yeeha!Choosing what can only be described as a severe form of punishment, an Iranian newspaper immediately decided to retaliate against the nefarious Christian Europeans and their evil cartoons. The tough punishment? They announced a Holocaust denial cartoon contest. I’m sure we all see the connection. 700 entries were submitted for the cash prize of $12,000 and 200 are now on exhibit. It is clear that this had a profound impact on the Europeans who rioted, spoke out publicly, lashed out at Muslims, stopped interacting with Iranian media or politicians went on summer vacation.

Now this seems to be a very fine outcome if you ask me. You might recall that 900 years ago, when Christians and Muslims would have a “problem,” they’d go off and have wars. Large numbers of people would be killed, communities would be upended, countries were conquered…and lost…and reconquered, and, of course, Jews were killed for the fun of it.

Cartoon contests and exhibits seem to be a far more civilized outcome since nobody gets killed, nobody gets injured and nothing gets destroyed. In fact, all that happens is a cartoon exhibit with antisemitic intentions and overtones. Heck, this is truly excellent because the Christians and Muslims don’t even have to duke it out. A Muslim cleric wants to call Christians heathens and apostates? No problem, a Christian-owned paper can hold a cartoon contest with the theme that Jews reject Jesus as the messiah. A Christian leader calls Muslims suicide bombers and violent religionists? No problem, an Iranian museum can hold a cartoon contest depicting the blood libel of Jews murdering children for their blood to make the worst food in the world, matzah. A Christian leader proclaims Islam a religion seeking world domination? No problem, a Muslim newpaper will sponsor a cartoon contest showing the finest depiction of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion.

Why stop there? Why not conduct foreign policy this way?

Let’s say China violates human rights and some international organizations or leaders comment on these violations. Well, the Chinese can hold a cartoon exhibit depicting Jews with monstrous noses controlling world finance. How about Russian sensitivity to accusations that it is destroying Chechnyan cities and lives? Problem? Not at all, Russia can hold a cartoon exhibit showing how Jews ruined Russia with evil agricultural practices back in the days of the shtetl.

Think of the possibilities! Imagine the outcome! Yes, folks, we Iranian Muslims have stumbled upon the key to world peace. WORLD PEACE!

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  • Middle, the appropriate Muslim cartoon would point out how Jesus called for jihad Himself. After all, when He instructed, “[w]hoever is not against us is for us” (John 9:40), what he of course meant was: “you will kill the Jews and infidels, causing motor vehicles rigged with weapons to be driven to their population centers, there to detonate with as many casualties as possible, sparing not even the Unitarians.”

    Yes indeedy, the New Testament has just as many hateful passages as the Koran.

    On a serious note: expect more of the same from Benedict. (This is good news.)

  • Stupid camelhumpers… Oh, well, it’s not like anyone can expect anything other than a mob protest and a riot or two when people talk about their primitive religion.

  • Kettlewhistle, this isn’t about camels. There are plenty of other ways to express your concerns. Thanks.

  • Sorry about that, TM dude. I did it. The post was too long for its message, and CK gave me editing powers (for your posts only) in exchange for me pledging to shill for these youth group trips to the Zionist Entity. The born right program or something. So, uh, everyone go on the program, okay? It’s really great. And most importantly (to you people), they’re free!

  • Stop wasting time and get to work – there are quite a few of my posts that would benefit from having paragraphs removed randomly.

  • OMG — did TM just make a self-deprecating comment? Must find some non-Hez originated bisamim to calm down, expand brain, and accept shocking alternate reality.

  • that is some of the most hateful stuff i’ve scene in a while, very reminiscent of nazi germany propaganda. nicely done though I hope the first picture wins the grand prize. what does the winner get?

  • As appalling as the actions of Iran’s leadership has been, this wins the prize for being both appaling and absurd. Most of my friends are just stunned- our “incredibly disturbing shite” detectors have just tipped. Seriously, these cartoons are so sickeningly horrid that I have no clue what to do, especially as it’s Iran’s leadership that’s involved in this mess. Any ideas, while I go scrub my brain of those atrocious cartoons?

  • not much you can do unless you can get into Iran with a sniper rifle and have a decent shot.

  • Hi themiddle:
    Don’t know if this adds anything to the discussion, but this seems interesting (albeit verbose). Don’t know what to make of it entirely, but I did learn something and maybe others can too. Be well, I am going back to the Sunday comics section of the Teheran Times.

  • What offends me most about the second picture is that the “artist” doesn’t even know Dr. Strangelove well enough to know that the cowboy is supposed to be facing the back of the missile.

    Rent movie first, then draw offensive picture.

    *shaking head*

    tish, tish…

  • What is with the Persians and Arabs drawing Jews with abnormally huge noses? The biggest noses I’ve seen have been on Arabs and Persians. Look at the ugly hairy leader of Iran’s nose. It’s like the pot calling the kettle black.

  • We are in the middle of witnessing the death of religion and the birth of spiritual emancipation.
    Humor serves a purpose in all of this, when of course it is tasteful and timely. There are alot of people hurting on both sides, the travesty is witnessing the vicious cycle.


    Oh my goodness! Amazing article dude! Thank you, However I am experiencing issues with your RSS. I don?t know why I am unable to subscribe to it. Is there anyone else getting identical RSS problems? Anyone who knows the solution will you kindly respond…