Clearing the Fog
in the
War of Words


  logomachy--1. A dispute about words. 2. A dispute carried on in words only; a battle of words.
logomachon--1. One who argues about words. 2. A word warrior.



Tribalism and its discontents--2

The Brussels Journal has been following the affair since the cartoons were published.

Their latest is that the Danish imams who first demanded an apology, forced by the government, if necessary, have begun to try to sound a bit conciliatory.

Meanwhile, today the Wall Street Journal Online provides more details [requires subscription] of how the Danish Muslims took the cartoons to the Middle East, especially Egypt.

I am wondering how people have reacted to being asked to review these blasphemous drawings. Were they really that outraged? They are rather in the position of crusaders against pornography: How do they know so much about dirty stuff? In this case, how many in the angry mobs have actually seen the cartoons?


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