( In a process against a terror group to which he was linked Mohammed B., the murderer of Theo van Gogh, was allowed to expatiate on his beliefs: "...in conclusion, ....the prophet Mohammed allows me to butcher infidels..."; somebody else - one of the judges? - says: "...hey boys! Mohammed B. turns the prophet into a caricature!!" )
( "Scandalous!", "This should not be allowed!", "Action!", "The prophet on a cartoon" these four men say over a newspaper that has headlines describing suicide attacks on busses, discos, hotels in Israel, Bali, Egypt, attacks by Islamists against the WTC, hundreds of thousands of dead as a result of violence in Sudan and Algeria, bomb attacks against trains and metros in Madrid and London, and car bombs in Iraq )
One of the sunny sides of the fourteen subjects that these days make the MidEast the focus of world attention even more than usually ( Iran, Hamas and twelve Danish cartoons ) is that they result in so many wonderful cartoons. The coming week I will post quite a few of them. Today I chose four pictures by one of my favorite Dutch cartoonists, Tom Janssen, one cartoon by Mike Lester who tells it like it is, and two by M.E. Cohen that have a lot of fine print but are worth reading. Both give insight in the troubles and doubts of journalists and cartoonists working in the FREE WORLD today, the second one also shows the difference between us and them - as in Mike Lester's, just like it is. We should not be surprised that it was a secular Jew, and not an extremist Muslim, who came up with the theory of relativity.